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Is there a ball under the reverse light switch on a mitsubishi colt gear box switch. reverse lights will not switch off. New switch had been fitted when I got the car


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I don't know the specifics of your car, but every reversing light switch which I've previously fitted needs to be adjusted when fitted so that it only works when reverse is selected.

You can test if it's a badly adjusted switch by disconnecting the plug from the switch and then using a continuity tester: connect one lead to a convenient Earthing point (any adjacent bare metal) and the other lead to the switch terminal. If the tester shows a positive result in every gear then you need to adjust the switch.

To do this, select reverse gear with the ignition off and unplug the lead from the reverse switch. Unscrew the switch until it's almost out, noter that there is usually a locking ring which may need to be loosened first. Now screw the switch back in, a few turns at a time and use an electrical continuity tester on the contacts; when the tester shows that the switch is making contact it means that the switch should be correctly adjusted. Reconnect the plug, turn on the ignition and try the gears to ensure that the lights work in reverse only. If so, finish the job by screwing in just the locking collar on the switch to ensure the switch position does not subsequently move.

If you don't have a continuity tester then either buy one (very cheap and very useful) or just screw the switch in little by little and keep reconnecting the plug and trying it. If the fix does not work then the switch may well have been broken by having been screwed in too far. A replacement switch shouldn't be more than a few £ or $ as there are just a few variants fitted to a huge range of makes and models.

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