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JedRhule
Posted 2022-12-04 11:05 AM (#626078)
Subject: Powerflite Back Up Light Switch



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The back up light switch that I bought last year from MoParMall has failed.
The back up lights come on when I shift to reverse and then will stay on until I shut the car off.
Why is the back up light switch $68 when the brake light switch is less than $20?
MoParMall wants me to return it so they can check it before replacing it.
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dels56
Posted 2022-12-04 11:40 AM (#626083 - in reply to #626078)
Subject: Re: Powerflite Back Up Light Switch


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I installed a brake light switch, cheap at any auto parts store, for the back up light switch. I pressure tested an old brake light switch using a couple of fittings and a pressure gauge coupled to my grease gun and then pumped it up until it popped apart. I don’t have my note book with me but if I remember correctly it was over 1000 psi. I tested a couple of new switches, they are normally open, to see where they close. This test was coupled to an air line with a pressure regulator. I used the one that closed at the lowest pressure for a brake light switch. I have since replaced the hydraulic brake light switch with a mechanical switch. Now I have a spare back up light switch.
Del S
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56D500boy
Posted 2022-12-04 11:53 AM (#626084 - in reply to #626078)
Subject: RE: Powerflite Back Up Light Switch



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JedRhule - 2022-12-04 8:05 AM

The back up light switch that I bought last year from MoParMall has failed.
The back up lights come on when I shift to reverse and then will stay on until I shut the car off.
Why is the back up light switch $68 when the brake light switch is less than $20?
MoParMall wants me to return it so they can check it before replacing it.


They are pressure switches and pressure switches like brake switches fail.

In a previous post Del S (Dels56):

dels56 - 2022-01-20 5:54 PM

A foot note. My back up lights did not work as the switch was hooped. Taking it out and looking at it, it looked very much a brake light switch.
As I had a couple of oldies kicking around I thought I might pressure test one. Hooked it up to a port a power pump and pressured it up to 600 psi
before it destroyed. Down to our local Lordco auto parts store a picked up a couple of brake light switches. These switches are normally open so
I tested to see where they close. #1 at 80 psi, #2 at 85 psi. I used the 80 psi switch in the brake light circuit and the 85 in the b/u light circuit.
So far so good. If I refer back to a post on brakes, I worked on mine a long time getting a stiffer pedal and jumped on the brakes many time
while road testing. All good.
Del S


Powerflite Back-up light switch is PN 1603 328

As recently as this past January, Mopar Mall had them for US$38

REFERENCE: http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=76922&...



Hiltop today has one for US$125 so following Dels56 lead is likely the best alternative.

https://www.hiltopautoparts.com/product/nos-mopar-back-up-light-swit...



Edited by 56D500boy 2022-12-04 11:55 AM
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JedRhule
Posted 2022-12-04 2:02 PM (#626091 - in reply to #626078)
Subject: Re: Powerflite Back Up Light Switch



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Yes, I paid $38 to MoParMall last December, now the same switch is $68.
If it still was $38, I would just pay it and eliminate the hassle...but a 80% mark up in 12 months !
Birnbaum does not list one, but I will call him Monday any.
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57chizler
Posted 2022-12-04 5:55 PM (#626096 - in reply to #626091)
Subject: Re: Powerflite Back Up Light Switch



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Cheaper yet:

https://www.amazon.com/Cole-Hersee-8629-Hydraulic-Stoplamp/dp/B001FQ...
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56D500boy
Posted 2022-12-04 6:28 PM (#626097 - in reply to #626096)
Subject: Re: Powerflite Back Up Light Switch



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BUT

Cole Hersee 8629 Hydraulic Stoplamp Switch
Visit the Cole Hersee Store
Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

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JedRhule
Posted 2022-12-04 7:16 PM (#626099 - in reply to #626078)
Subject: Re: Powerflite Back Up Light Switch



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I just ordered it from Amazon. Delivery Wednesday. I did not get any backorder.
Maybe they are discriminating against Canadians?
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56D500boy
Posted 2022-12-04 7:30 PM (#626100 - in reply to #626099)
Subject: Re: Powerflite Back Up Light Switch



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JedRhule - 2022-12-04 4:16 PM
I just ordered it from Amazon. Delivery Wednesday. I did not get any backorder.
Maybe they are discriminating against Canadians?


Amazon, Schmamazon. NAPA is where it is at. CDN$16.29 in stock. 15 minute drive.

https://www.napacanada.com/en/p/MPISL134SB?cid=paidsearch_shopping_d...



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