BMW Cars 1999-06

Back-Up (Reverse) Light Switch

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Removal & Installation



Automatic Transmissions

The back-up light switch is part of the neutral safety switch located inside the gear selector trim cover.

  1. Remove the 3mm hex head fastener from the gear selector knob and remove the knob.
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  3. Carefully release the gear selector housing cover from the console.
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  5. Remove the neutral safety switch electrical connector by squeezing the retaining clips and detaching the connector.
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  7. Remove the neutral safety switch mounting fasteners.
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  9. Move the gear selector until the selector's pin aligns with the small slot in the switch and lift the switch upward to remove.
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To install:

  1. Align the slot of the switch with the slot of the switch housing.
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  3. Move the gear selector as necessary to engage the pin into the slots of the switch.
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  5. Install the switch mounting fasteners.
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  7. Install the trim covers.
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  9. Install the gear selector's release button such that the pin is installed into the hole on the gear selector linkage and install the gear selector knob onto the selector shaft.
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Manual Transmissions
  1. Clean the area surrounding the switch on the side of the transmission as necessary.
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  3. Disconnect the switch electrical connector at the side of the transmission.
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  5. Remove the switch from the transmission by turning it counterclockwise.
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  7. Installation is in reverse order of removal.
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NOTE
To test the back-up light circuit remove the electrical connector at the switch and install a fused jumper wire between the two electrical terminals, turn the ignition switch to the on position and the back-up lights should operate.



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Fig. Press the retaining clip in and release the electrical connector from the back-up light switch

The back-up light switch is attached to the transmission. Please refer to Section 7 for back-up light switch removal procedures.

 
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