Starting a vehicle is something that most car owners do without even thinking. They fail to realize just how many components have to work together in order for their car to crank the right way. In order for most cars to crank, they will have to be in either park or neutral. It is the job of the neutral safety switch to ensure that the car will crank in no other gear. Usually, this part will be mounted on the transmission and is hard to get to without the right tools. When trying to start your car, you will have to have a functional neutral safety switch in order to get going.

This switch is intended to last just as long as your car does. In some instances, this will not happen due to the damage that the part can have over the years. Due to the electrical wires that are in the switch, it can be easy for the heat to effect this part in a negative way. The more you can find out about the neutral safety on your vehicle, the easier you will find it to spot repair issues as they occur. Usually, this switch will not be inspected or maintained on a regular basis, which means that the only time you will have any interaction with it is when it is damaged.

If you need a new switch, then you will have to figure out how you are going to get it installed. The last thing that you want to do is to try and do this type of repair alone due to the damage that you can end up causing. Finding a reputable and experienced professional to handle this type of repair is the best way to ensure that the job is done the right way.

The following are a few of the things that you may notice if your neutral safety switch is going out:

  • You are able to crank the car in any gear
  • The car will not start in Park or Neutral
  • The Check Engine Light is on

Having your defective neutral safety switch replaced in a hurry will allow you to get your car back in good working order in no time.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Long Does a Neutral Safety Switch Last? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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