Why do the backup lights on my 1995 tahoe come on when my headlights are turned on?

Asked by Jul 11, 2015 at 11:30 PM about the 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe 4 Dr LT 4WD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

If the headlights are turned off the backup lights work they way they should. If they headlights are turned on the backup lights come on regardless of the tahoe being in drive or reverse. The tail lights, brake lights, directional and hazard lights all work the way they should. It is just the backup lights that won't turn off unless the headlights are turned off.
Any help would be appreciated.

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Make sure you have the correct bulbs in. Check for shorting at the bulb sockets. Pull the bulbs, read the bulb number and make sure it is what is called for. Any car parts place can give you the correct bulb number or there is a light chart in the light bulb section that may help. If you have a bent or damaged pin it may be sending power to your backup lights when headlight power is applied. If you turn on just the parking lights, does the back up lights come on? As we all know the headlights are up front and the back up lights are in the back. the only common connection will be through the lights to the rear that share the same socket with the backup lights.

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