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Reversing Light Switch Replacement

Discussion in 'Technical Archive' started by xw302, Nov 16, 2013.

By xw302 on Nov 16, 2013 at 5:11 PM
  1. xw302

    xw302 New Member

    Aug 26, 2012
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    Freelander 1, 2004, 82000miles.

    Wife complained that the reversing sensors were not working. Checked them and she was right, not for the first time I might add.
    Found that the reversing lights wern't working either, checked the wiring diagram on the RAVE disk and worked out they share the same supply coming from the reversing light switch.

    Checked this by shorting the two wires at the connection break point six inches from the actual switch just under the air filter, when shorted every thing worked ok, checked continuity on the switch itself and nothing.

    So went to Rimmer Brothers and bought one of these for £12:


    First off I removed the air filter thinking I could get to the switch that way, my arms were not bendy enough and the 19mm spanner I have was two long anyway, so plan B.....


    Off came the near side front wheel, removed the lower panel, only held in with 3 12mm bolts and hay presto loads of room.

    Easy access form here, 19mm spanner fitted ok, It took two minutes to get the old one out and the new one in.


    Reconnected the wires, tested it and then stuck the bits and bobs back on.

    Only problem I had, was shortly after I went to the local Tescos and while reversing out of a space, noticed the reversing sensors and lights were sticking on. Ended up having to put a second washer on the switch to space it out from the actuator in the gearbox.

    Other than that an easy job, I'm sure there are other ways but this saved having to remove the cursed tray from underneath.

    Hope this helps someone as I have been helped in the past.

    Cheers Dave.
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Discussion in 'Technical Archive' started by xw302, Nov 16, 2013.