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VW Polo E 55 2006 - Changing the Reverse Light Switch


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Hi All. I think i have (finally) located the switch. I unscrewed it and oild started poring out of the gear box. How can i stop the oil from poring out so i can inspect the part / clean it / retest it? Realise its probably failed anyway but when i got it out for a second it didnt look riight to me but i never had any time as i had to screw it back in to stop the oil leaking all over the place.

Car was on an ever so slight incline, not sure if that makes a difference? From what ive read the switch is below the oil level anyway so its always going to leak.

Advice appreciated.


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You can test the switch without removing it...undo the wiring connector and bridge the connectors with a piece of wire or paperclip, switch on the engine and check the lights....if the lights work then the switch is faulty...no lights and you could have a wiring fault.
If you confirm the switch is faulty fit a new one by unscrewing the old one until it is ready to remove then quickly fit the new one so you get minimum oil spill.


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Thanks car-man. I've taken it to a professional now as I started the car and the oil light came on. Starting to wonder if what I actually undid was the oil sensor :). The car needs plenty else doing so it's in capable hands now. Cheers

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