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Guide To Replacing Reverse Light Switch


I had some problems with the activating of my reverse lights and then my reverse parking sensors and camera. I did some fault finding and found out it was the switch so I bought a new one decided to write it up as I couldn’t find much helpful on the topic.

I did this on an 09 plate 1.6 TDCI so might be different for other types


I used the following tools:


22mm double depth socket (and ratchet)


7mm socket + ratchet +extension

8mm rat ring (could use a small 8mm socket and ratchet)

first I used the 7mm to remove the cover of the air box (4 bolts)


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then I removed the air filter and prepared to remove the air box

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I then removed where the air box is connected to the engine by removing what im guessing is the air flow meter 8mm 2 bolts


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now the elastic holding the air box down at the front needs to be removed


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now this is detached the box will just pull out from the 2 rubber mounts and from the pipe at the front, it takes some wiggling, now you can see the switch


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using a piece of wire you can confirm the switch is faulty and the rest of the circuit is ok.


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as you can see you need a double depth to fit over the plug part


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the 22mm socket just fits over the switch and I attached the ratchet and removed it, it becomes lose after just un nipping it

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I could put my hand to the left of the battery so I was able to see what I was doing when putting the new switch in

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now was just a case of testing and putting the air box back, whilst I had the air filter out I thought I might as well put a green cotton one on :)


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I hope this is helpful




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