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I have a 2003 eclipse and the reverse lights do not turn on.

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I have a 2003 eclipse and the reverse lights do not turn on. I put fresh bulbs in and have checked the fuse. Where else can I look?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mitsubishi
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.
Hi,For component failure, there are two possible places to look. If you have an automatic transmission, then you would want to consider the park position switch on the transmission (also referred to as a range switch or neutral safety switch). This is the large flat device that the shift cable attaches to. When the shifter is placed in reverse, this switch in addition to controlling the transmission also sends the 12V signal to the back up lamps.If you have a manual transmission, there is a small two wire back up light switch on the top of the transmission that is likely failed.With regard to the automatic, if you have the lighted in-dash gear display it is most likely the R light would not light up either if the park position switch were at fault. With regard to the manual, you can very easily rule out the back up light switch by unplugging it and shorting the two pins of the connector together with the key on and seeing if the back up lights come on. If they do, then the switch is bad. Apart from those two things, your basics like you already covered with the bulbs and hopefully the bulb sockets (checking for corrosion) are the only other things besides the wiring.And unfortunately... the wiring is very common to be the actual problem on these. If the switch checks out via either of the two inspections above (according to transmission), and the bulbs/sockets are OK, then I would probably start tracing the wiring from the bulbs backward until I found voltage.