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seajay
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:35 pm    Post subject: backup lights/fuse? Reply with quote

I bought a used '98 Cherokee, works fine, everything but the backup lights. Sad I cannot find any listing in the owner's manual for the fuse that is in this line. Is it linked with other items? If it is not a fuse, where is the switch that controls the lights when it is put in reverse? (automatic xmission) Both bulbs are good.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moving this to the Cherokee forum.

It's most likely the NSS (Neutral Safty Switch). It's a common problem in XJ's. There's a lnk from the XJ Tech Writeups sticky on cleaning it. Here it is:
http://jeepin.com/features/nss/index.asp

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 5:23 am    Post subject: backup lights Reply with quote

Thank you for the quick response.
I realized it was in the wrong forum after the post Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:04 pm    Post subject: backup lights Reply with quote

Did the NSS routine that was laid out in the link, couldn't get the switch to pull away from the tranny. Not wanting to break anything I put everything back together and put an independant lighted rocker switch directly to the backups. Disconnected the backups from the harness so as not to push 12v back into a system I know nothing about. Is this a dumb setup to have the backups connected to the NSS, sure seems that way to me.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, in most states, the reverse lights need to be triggered by putting the vehicle in reversel...otherwise it will fail inspection. So in most newer vehicles, it's the NSS that triggers it.

The trick that's in that link worked when I removed mine. If you search around web, there's lots of other writeups on it. Like I said, it's a common problem.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:39 am    Post subject: NSS switch Reply with quote

Still trying to get the NSS switch off the tranny, put the nut back on and tried the pry method but the threads on the switch started stripping. I am now spraying the shaft with WD-40 for a few days. Seems like a lot of dirt and corrosion, Sad maybe this will help.
Also found an easier "how to" with clear pictures on this link. Hope this helps anyone else with this problem.
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http://www.dirtdevils.org/briantechtippage.htm
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