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Old 12-14-2003, 12:59 AM
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neutral safety switch- DIY?

My neutral safety switch episodically does not work(I have to start in N instead of P occ.) Is this an easy fix? Will it get worse so I cannot start even in N? ie. can I wait till next month's tech session?
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Old 12-14-2003, 01:45 AM
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Usually an adjustment will do it. Loosen the two bolts holding the neutral start switch to the side of the transmission and give it a little turn to where it will start in P or N and the reverse lights come on in R. HOWEVER, a common cause of losing alignment is worn shift rod bushings. I'll bet yours are worn or gone. Replacing the bushings is a little tricky but there are lots of tips and shortcuts in them thar archives. Definitely something to check and fix before you touch the neutral start switch.

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Old 12-15-2003, 12:18 PM
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safety nuetral switch problem

I have suggesed the following previously based on my own experience: Before any mechanical work, spray switch and linkage with wd 40. Area is subject to corrosion and sometimes this is all it needs to make contact. good luck, Abe G
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Old 12-17-2003, 03:55 PM
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I am having the same problem with my '87 but doubt the bushings are an issue. I will try spraying it down tonight with wd-40 or electrical cleaner. If that does not work, are there any additional pearls of wisdom on this subject?

I remember my bronco had a hole in the NSS that could be lined up using a drill bit for adjustment. Is there a similar gauge for this on the mer-b's, rather than trial and error?

Also, is there an easy fix to bypass this (temporarily) so that I am not stuck in a parking lot somewhere?
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Old 12-19-2003, 10:31 AM
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starrt car with bad nsswitch

There is a way to connect the starter solinoid with jumper wires and clips. The ignition key is turned on and when the correct connections are made the engine will start. Unfortunately, I do not know the exact cnnectins but someone out there should be able to help. Good luck, Abe G
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Old 12-23-2003, 12:29 PM
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Thanks, Abe!
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Old 12-23-2003, 12:55 PM
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My switch was replaced and my car starts normally now.
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