6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby SH30RB » Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:01 pm

Brunsy3.0 wrote:So expensive for what they are. They should be cheap for how difficult they are to install haha

Going off Subaru pricings, that is cheap!
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby BillyCorgi » Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:18 pm

Cheaper in the USA.
By the way, the Tridon part (on ebay) is more expensive than the genuine Subaru article.
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby suavemechanic » Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:23 pm

Did mine today , hard work !
thanks to finding this site
had to stop and buy the crows foot spanner ,
couldnt get enough grunt with my collection of short or bent 19 mm
its in tight !
getting the old one out is only half the fun !
sourced my replacement from repco which took 3 weeks and the plug is wrong :( so i would advise against that
and still no lights ! :( :(
according to the multi meter the old switch was not working so now i just have to chase wiring
bad light stopped play
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby BillyCorgi » Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:46 pm

I bet you had the most fun you can have lying on your back trying to get the new switch to start threading into the hole? LOL.
I thought that I would run out of patience before I got the switch to thread?

The normal 5-Speed box has a similar switch but with a different electrical connector. Maybe this is what Mr REPCO Man provided you?
I do not know if the remainder of the switch (body length and actuator pin deflection) is the same.
The switch I used was a genuine Subaru article for the 6MT.

Anyway, with your multimeter do you get contact closure with the new switch when in Reverse?
This might mean getting under the car again?

If you have got contact closure at the switch then start chasing the wiring.
If you wish a screen shot from the FSM for the switch wiring diagram for H6 send me a PM.
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby bigBADbenny » Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:07 pm

My reverse cam needs a few wiggles of the gear stick to kick in occasionally...

Is that a symptom that the reverse sensor is failing?
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby BillyCorgi » Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:15 pm

Before the switch was changed the lever had to be held hard back in the reverse gate to get the switch to work.
If you are needing to wiggle the gear lever then "yes" it is a symptom of the back-up lamp switch on its way out.
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby bigBADbenny » Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:22 pm

Great because the odds are stacking up that I'm replacing my clutch soon (and getting an STi torsen lsd installed) and the reverse switch replacement will be a gimme. :)
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby Brunsy3.0 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:19 pm

Before the switch physically makes contact it creates a small arc which over a long time and a lot of use makes the contact points 'dirty' and eventually it will not make contact at all as in my case stopped working entirely
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby 666 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:06 am

Hi everybody, I need to source the reverse switch for my 2005 Spec.B Can anyone supply the Part Number and the current best place to get it from and price?

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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby BillyCorgi » Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:46 pm

Look on page 1.
Part numbers and sources listed their there.
32005AA070
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby bigBADbenny » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:24 pm

I did take a peek at OpposedForces and the 5mt is not listed as compatible with the 6mt reverse sensor.
I could not find the 5mt sensor part number so perhaps search online or ask a parts translator at eg Makin & Luby or your dealer for the p/n vs your vin :)

Or take a peek at the manifesto on nasioc :P
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby 666 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:17 pm

Thanks guys, page 1 has all the info I needed.

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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby TheMightyGonzo » Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:52 pm

Love this forum, every problem that could crop up with my lib has already been dealt with.
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby dan_ashcroft » Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:24 am

Picked up a crows foot set and got it done over the weekend. Painful as mentioned above. Thanks for all the info, made it easier.

Only thing I can add is that it is easier if you give the wires coming out of the new switch a quick 90 degree bend so that they are facing directly to the rear of the car. There is some ribbing on the gearbox right behind the switch and the wires will catch on it, making it hard to keep straight while you are trying to engage the thread. Lots of patience required.
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Re: 6MT Reverse Light Switch Change-out

Postby 666 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:32 pm

I cheated, I had my mechanic change the switch. Gave him the switch and told him about the possible trouble in getting it done, forgot to tell him about the crows foot spanner, anyway rang him in the afternoon and asked how things are going? he said they were still trying to get the switch out, lots of swearing to Subaru for the stupid location for a serviceable item, mentioned the crows foot spanner and he says "I completely forgot about that spanner" 15 minutes later it's in and done. Really is a stupid place to put the switch though, the mechanic told me that 5 speeds have them on the side of the gearbox much easier!

As I said I cheated.

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