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Unread 06-10-2005   #1 (permalink)
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Default Neutral Safety Switch - Car Won't Start

Hi guys, my 97 4.6L manual is not starting. The car is (unfortunately) at midas right now, and they say they need to replace the neutral switch for $300.

Ridiculous labor charge aside, does this sound right? I've been looking up the clutch switches for mustangs and all I find is info telling me that after '94 only the 3.8l has the clutch safety switch

Is this switch just the push button under the clutch pedal that would be replaced?? does any wiring have to be taken care of as well?

I dont really get it, because in my mitsubishi eclipse, I disabled the clutch safety switch so I can start my car w/o putting the clutch in. Why couldn't i just do this in the mustang and not have to replace the switch..... or is it a lot more complicated than that....i.e. wiring?

thanks for any input
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The clutch position switch is right above the clutch pedal and all it does is completes a circuit to your ignition in order for you to start your car. I wouldn't pay $300 for a little switch you could put on yourself or bypass!!!!!
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Sounds like Midas might be trying to extort a little extra CASH from you. I'd tell them to push it out in the parking lot and you'll come and get it. Then, do some basic trouble shooting and find out if it really is a bad switch. $300 for a little switch sounds like a SCAM, especiallyu when it's easy to get to! Was the car running when you dropped it off there?
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I replaced my neutral safety switch on my '96 GT about a week ago and let me tell you, $300 is a complete scam. I found my switch on latemodelrestoration.com for $31 or something like that plus $15 shipping. If you really want to do the switch then have at it, but after taking the seat out of mine and working for a couple hours under the dash, I was able to get the switch on and the car still didn't start.

My problem was the starter. There's two connectors on your starter, one black cable and one red cable. The black connector on mine looked like it had been hot and corroded away and was just hanging on by a thread. After about 15 minutes of work, I spliced the connector and put a new female connector on and it hasn't been parked since!

Sooo long story short, my best advice is to take a look at the starter and the cables. If those all look fine then I would just go online and get the neutral safety switch and do it myself and save a couple hundred bucks!

Hope this helps.
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1st thing is toget your car to a dealer, it may cost more but the job will be done right...2nd is your car does NOT even have a netural saftey switch, Ford has NOT even used a netural saftey switch in cars or trucks in @15 years....a manual trans car does have a "clutch switch" which is under the dash and as I've posted before, I can't remember the last time I sold one for a Mustang
 
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I know my 02 has had the start relay go bad. May want to check that.
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is it the same as a 1983 mustang gt with a 4 speed? i dont know if its a switch or if its a starter, just installd a new alt and batt so i dont know what els to do to get it to fire...

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Default Neutral Safety Switch

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1st thing is toget your car to a dealer, it may cost more but the job will be done right...2nd is your car does NOT even have a netural saftey switch, Ford has NOT even used a netural saftey switch in cars or trucks in @15 years....a manual trans car does have a "clutch switch" which is under the dash and as I've posted before, I can't remember the last time I sold one for a Mustang
Ford definitely does use a "Neutral Safety Switch". It is part of the DTR - Digital Transmission Range Sensor. FORD even refers to this part as the "neutral safety switch" or "the DTR".
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Hi guys, my 97 4.6L manual is not starting. The car is (unfortunately) at midas right now, and they say they need to replace the neutral switch for $300.

Ridiculous labor charge aside, does this sound right? I've been looking up the clutch switches for mustangs and all I find is info telling me that after '94 only the 3.8l has the clutch safety switch

Is this switch just the push button under the clutch pedal that would be replaced?? does any wiring have to be taken care of as well?

I dont really get it, because in my mitsubishi eclipse, I disabled the clutch safety switch so I can start my car w/o putting the clutch in. Why couldn't i just do this in the mustang and not have to replace the switch..... or is it a lot more complicated than that....i.e. wiring?

thanks for any input
I've been to MIDAS only ONCE in my lifetime. They gave me a quote for new exhaust for a 4x4 F-150. The guy just blurted out a price for each part and gave me a total of about $900. That was for replacing the original single exhaust with dual exhaust. I asked him to give me that quote in writing because I thought it was hilarious. He went to an adding machine and it took him four tries to get the amount that he quoted.

Can you guess his reason for the extremely overpriced exhaust??? He told me that my 1983 F-150 4x4 302 was a "four wheel drive engine" and that it needed "four wheel drive catalytic converters" instead of standard ones. I was in shock and amused at the same time. He was the manager. I've never been back and I will never again go to any Midas location.
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