Replace the Reverse Light Switch on a 1999 Ford Ranger Manual Transmission

Have you gone to back out of dark driveway, only to find out you have no reverse lights? Prevent dangerous situations from arising by completing a ten minute service to your Ford Ranger. Prior to purchasing any parts for the vehicle, be sure and verify the reverse light switch is the problem. Chock the vehicle prior to testing the switch as you will be working underneath the vehicle. Locate the reverse light switch and using a test light make sure there is power going to the switch.


  1. Set the emergency brake, turn the ignition to the on position, and place the vehicle in reverse. Use something to chock your wheels to make sure your car doesn't leave with you under it.
  2. Locate the switch on the driver side of the transmission. It will be the only plug in connect on this side of the transmission. It will have a two wire connector.
  3. Disconnect the wire harness from the switch. It might take some time as road grime can make the male into female connectors difficult to separate.
  4. Be sure you have a deep well {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} socket. Remove the switch and replace with the new switch.
  5. Reconnect the battery and check to make sure the chocks are still in place. Turn the ignition to the on position and place the vehicle in reverse. You should now have working reverse lights on your manual transmission ford ranger


  • Use a degreaser and a toothbrush to clean around the switch. This will prevent debris from falling on you while you remove the defective switch and install the new switch.
  • Always disconnect the battery before beginning service.