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Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:56 pm 
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Haveing trouble starting in park. It takes a few goes of putting it in and out of park to start. Could the nuetral safety switch be on the way out?

 

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Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:36 pm 
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Maybe, could also be the adjustment of the shifter or the shifter bushes are very worn.

 

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Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:55 pm 
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nar sounds like the switch!

same drama i was having with mine... then all of a sudden about 6 months later the car would not start at all :(

chaged the swicth all good :)

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:14 am 
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Yep that'd be the switch, not an expensive part to replace, and easy to swap over yourself, just be careful with that little shaft that the switch sits on, (you'll know what I'm talking about when you take the old one off).

Push that into the box and it's bye-bye gearbox.

Transmission place charged me $20 to fit it.

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:10 am 
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So out of interest - can you start in Neutral...

Wheres the best place to go for a new switch?
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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:47 pm 
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I went to Auto one they said they could only get a genuine one and it was $105 this doesnt sound right to me do you recon Mals, Supercrap, or Repco would have a cheaper aftermarket one?

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:00 pm 
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I went to Auto one they said they could only get a genuine one and it was $105 this doesnt sound right to me do you recon Mals, Supercrap, or Repco would have a cheaper aftermarket one?


That price is about right. I know Repco can order them in, but I don't think they're much cheaper. There called Inhibitor Switch. Often fail if there's an oil leak mucking them up. There is a way to bypass them though...

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:00 pm 
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I went to Auto one they said they could only get a genuine one and it was $105 this doesnt sound right to me do you recon Mals, Supercrap, or Repco would have a cheaper aftermarket one?


f**k i got charged over $110 and thats with a discount!

and yes a genuswine ford item from autoone

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:37 pm 
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I've successfully bypassed my inhibitor switch (due to an auto to manual conversion)...it's simple as, you need one piece of wire about 30cm long and about 2minutes of spare time. Let me know if you want more info

 

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You'll find there are 4 wires on the connector - two are for the trans feedback resistor, the other two (red/blue & black/green) are the starter lines, you can temporarily put a jumper on the back of them to enable the starter.

IIRC, when Fuzion was regularly on this forum, he said you could actually clean the switch.
I got rid of my auto when I did the conversion, so I can't test this info out - maybe someone could confirm or deny this.

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:01 am 
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I've successfully bypassed my inhibitor switch (due to an auto to manual conversion)...it's simple as, you need one piece of wire about 30cm long and about 2minutes of spare time. Let me know if you want more info


yes u can! BUT not if the car is staying auto!

i really dont think that the car should be able to start in D
also the inhibitor switch runs the reverse lights!
so get rid of that and no reverse lights

cop pulls ya over and checks ya f**k!

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:19 am 
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There are more problems than that. As others have said in other forums, the switch tells the ECU what gear your in. If it goes badly wrong, the ECU can think your in Reverse (when your not), or similar problems. Thats extreme, but possible.

Im still looking at the cleaning option : A little concerned about the seal when I put it back together though.

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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:35 am 
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nigel dont bother cleaning it

mine was corroded on the inside and came apart in like 10 pieces

just pull it off and replace simple and easy

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:42 am 
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OK mate. Now wheres the best (read : cheeep) place in sydney to get one?
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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:25 am 
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Permanently removing the NSS is a bad idea as you've gathered - still can jumper the starter connections as described with the switch still fitted.

I'd say your best bet is to go new - looks like the plastic goes brittle with age, so a 2nd hand unit you can never be sure how long it will last.

Best bet maybe to try some auto trans places - I know locally I got a T5 g/box component a third of the price of the ford dealers quoted price - got it delivered heaps quicker too.

 

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