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My son has my 164S at college. He was stopped by a cop because his backup lights were on while going forward. The clutch was replaced fairly recently, and I would expect that it is related to something hooked up incorrectly or not at all.

Any ideas?

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Greg
 

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My GTV had the same issue. The wiring harness in my car passes near the exhaust system and over time the two wires melted together, while the harness looked normal.

I was quite jubilant to make the repair, as compared to replacing a failed switch. I'm aware that your 164S is different than my GTV, but I wanted to share my back up light story with others. Good luck in tracking down the cause of your problem.


-Doug
 

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Thanks. The first Alfa I had was a '72 GTV purchased new by my father. I wish I still had that one.
 

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Since it is an S model you might want to verify that somebody didn't hook Back Up (B/U) light connector to Controlled Damping Suspension (CDS) 1/2 gear switch on tranny instead of on R/5 gear B/U switch.

Try disconnecting/swapping connectors and see if that is the problem. The switches are side by side on S. B/U light one is closest to front of car/slave cylinder.
 

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Here is a picture of the two switches Steve mentions, as viewed from the driver's wheel well. The front black switch is the back-up light switch, the gray rear switch is for the CDS. It looks like I had already removed plug to reverse light switch in this picture, but the gray CDS switch appears to have a white & white/black stripe wire to it.
 

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