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Where is the backup light switch located on a 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport?

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2010-12-16 14:01:55
2010-12-16 14:01:55

Look on the transmission, passengers side, about half of the way up.

It is a fan shaped switch with a big nut at the bottom.

The cost about $300 new so I suggest cleaning yours first.

Remove the adjusting bolt at the top of the switch, and the wire connector, then hold the bolt still while you remove the large nut at the bottom, the bolt is connected to the gear shift and can be broken if it is moved against it's will.

take the switch to a bench and remove the screws in the back, then separate the halfs, clean out the nasty grease inside, pay special attention to the sweeper arm with the two brass contacts, they have little springs under them and they often get stuck down, remove the two contacts and springs and clean it all out really well, reassemble with new di-electric grease and reinstall on your Jeep.

Have someone move the selector to R and check to see if the back up lights are on, if so hold in place and have them move it to park and try to start, if it does then lock it down by tightening the top bolt.

If not then rotate the switch until the lights come on, and perform the park procedure to ensure the switch is aligned.

$300 !? I bought my switch for $73.10 at NAPA and installed it myself. Follow the excellent instructions above for finding it and disconnecting the old one. Hope this info is helpful.

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