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Old 17-12-2019, 09:55 AM   #1
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My reverse lights aren't working. Bulbs are okay. Fuse is okay (Bora. Fuse No.7 - 10amp). The wires seem okay. There's power at the switch. I've got it down as needing a new switch.

Before I go and get one I just want to check the circuit. Am I right in thinking, because it's only a switch, I can bridge the two wires to it and the lights should come on? I'm not going to blow the fuse or melt the wires in the process.

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Update.

I've tried bridging the two wires that go to the switch and I'm not getting the lights on.

I've tried connecting up a basic circuit to test the switch, test lamp, battery, wire. I'm not getting the test lamp to light up.

I'm guessing the switch is broke.

I'm back to the original problem. Should bridging the wires turn the lights on? I would've thought so, which leaving me thinking there's another issue as well as the switch.

Can any electrical wizards confirm that?
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Yes, bridge the wires. Use a fuse in the link and you can’t do any damage.
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A fused link. I've never even heard of that before and it's so obvious when it's pointed out.

I ended up bridging it and the lights worked. The problem was, I was doing it on my own and used a round piece of wire. I'd push the wire in and by the time I got to the rear of the car, the connector had squeezed the round wire out far enough to break the contact. I went round to a mate's place, so there was two of us, but his top tip was to use a split pin to bridge, as it jams in to the connector.

Two top tips in one day.

I'll pick up and fit the switch in the morning.

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