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Old 12-14-2009, 03:46 PM
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Well they're not technically lost because they are still attached to my truck but they sure dont give me any light when im backing up !

I checked the bulbs by putting them in my taillight sockets and they work. So im guessing its electrical up to my tranny somewhere ?

I have a standard transmission attached to my V6. Would anyone know if there is a plug or wire somewhere i should check for

Thanks...and also does anyone know or have info on the type of tranny that is in my truck ?

Its a 1998 5 speed with the 3.9L v6.

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If the case is aluminum, you have the NV3500 (which is most likely with the 3.9), if it's cast iron you have the NV4500. Check fuse number 7 and make sure its not blown and has power across both sides. Then check the backup lamp switch on the trans to see if its plugged in. If it is, unplug it and check for power on the brown/light green wire with the key in the run position. If you have power, your wiring is good to this point. Now attach a jumper wire to the violet/black terminal. If your lights work, you have a bad switch. If they still don't you most likely have a broken wire between the switch and sockets.
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Hey thanks alot for the reply. My transmission is aluminum housed so that answers that question.... now I know so thanks alot Remerson228!!

I am going to go through my fuses tonight and check on that #7. If not im going to wait until I put it up on the hoist to check out the switch on the tranny.

Im guessing I will have to put the transmission in reverse with key on when checking the fuse panel for power with a light right ?

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The key will need to be on, but the trans doesn't matter.
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Checked the fuse and it is good. Going to get the light out tonight and check the panel itself for power across the fuse

If not I will be putting it up this weekend possibly to check the wiring.

Do you know how the wiring runs ??

Is it just a single wire that plugs into the side of the tranny and runs up to the stick shift.

The only time I disconnected and connected reverse lights was on old mustangs and they were always located on the side and ran up to the shift coloum then to the fuse panel.... is this correct for the RAM ????

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