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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 12-03-2012, 06:59 AM
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E30 back-up lights

No other electrical problems, but the back-up lights have stopped coming on.. ('87 325iS)

Can you tell me the most likely place to start looking? Is it likely to be a fuse, or would that cause other issues as well?

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Start simple: fuse. If that is good, test each bulb, and test for voltage at the bulb/socket. One going out is possible, but both at the same time points to other areas common to both. Now it gets a bit harder: the reverse switch on the transmission. Is it a 5-speed or automatic?
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Start simple: fuse. If that is good, test each bulb, and test for voltage at the bulb/socket. One going out is possible, but both at the same time points to other areas common to both. Now it gets a bit harder: the reverse switch on the transmission. Is it a 5-speed or automatic?
It's a 5-speed... Bulbs don't seem likely, with both going out at the same time....
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there is a switch on the side of the gearbox up near the top with two wires going into it, will be hard to reach/see, you will need the car on blocks to get to it. Of course, first check the wires are present/attached, and then you can test for continuity
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You'll need to check the reverse switch. You have to do it from under the car.

Edit: Ya beat me to it, Andy!
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Thanks... we will check that out.
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