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Transaxle control module

Sometimes when I put the van into reverse then go to put into drive it is like i have it in park or neutral and doesn't want to move. My engine light came on and I took it to have it scanned for problems and they told me that it was the transaxle control module. Is this easy to fix (and cheap) or will I have to have a new transmission put in the van has 114,000 miles.

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I have a 1993 Caravan with a 4speed trans.. I had to replace the transaxle control module. I paid $50.00 for it at a auto salvage yard and It corrected the problem. My trans would either go into limp mode or act like it was in Neutral.

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If the controller needs replaced its not cheap...what codes did they find

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Where is the neutral safety switch


The backup lamps will light whenever the ignition switch is in the RUNposition and the transaxle is in REVERSE. On older vehicles, this function was handled by a dedicated switch with a name such as the Neutral/Safety Backup Light Switch, or something similar. This switch was designed to keep the engine from starting in any gear except PARK and/or NEUTRAL. The switch contacts also activated the backup lights when the transaxle was placed in REVERSE.

On the vehicles covered by this manual, the backup lamp control function is part of an integrated switch called the Transaxle Range switch (sometimes also called the Park/Neutral Position or PNP switch). In addition to turning on the backup lights, the Transaxle Range switches primary function is to transmit to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) the driver's transaxle range selection. The PCM uses this information to control both engine and transaxle functions electronically.

The Transaxle Range switch is mounted externally on the transaxle. New service replacement switches come pinned in the NEUTRAL position and no adjustment should be necessary. Please note that if the switch requires adjustment, GM recommends that their special tool J 41545 Park/Neutral Switch Alignment Tool be used to properly adjust the Transaxle Range switch, if required.



Removal & Installation

  1. Apply the parking brake and block the front wheels.
  2. Place the transaxle gear selector to NEUTRAL.
  3. Remove the air intake duct to access the switch located on the top of the transaxle at the range selector cable and arm.
  4. Disconnect the transaxle range selector cable.
  5. Detach the electrical connectors from the range selector switch.
  6. Remove the range selector lever retaining nut and lift off the lever.
  7. Unfasten the range selector switch mounting bolts, then remove the switch from the transaxle manual shaft.



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Where is the neutral safety switch on a 1998 buick regal?


Hi there:

The backup lamps will light whenever the ignition switch is in the RUN position and the transaxle is in REVERSE. On older vehicles, this function was handled by a dedicated switch with a name such as the Neutral/Safety Backup Light Switch, or something similar. This switch was designed to keep the engine from starting in any gear except PARK and/or NEUTRAL. The switch contacts also activated the backup lights when the transaxle was placed in REVERSE.


On the vehicles covered by this manual, the backup lamp control function is part of an integrated switch called the Transaxle Range switch (sometimes also called the Park/Neutral Position or PNP switch). In addition to turning on the backup lights, the Transaxle Range switches primary function is to transmit to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) the driver's transaxle range selection. The PCM uses this information to control both engine and transaxle functions electronically.


The Transaxle Range switch is mounted externally on the transaxle. New service replacement switches come pinned in the NEUTRAL position and no adjustment should be necessary. Please note that if the switch requires adjustment, GM recommends that their special tool J 41545 Park/Neutral Switch Alignment Tool be used to properly adjust the Transaxle Range switch, if required.


Removal & Installation

  1. Apply the parking brake and block the front wheels.
  2. Place the transaxle gear selector to NEUTRAL.
  3. Remove the air intake duct to access the switch located on the top of the transaxle at the range selector cable and arm.
  4. Disconnect the transaxle range selector cable.
  5. Detach the electrical connectors from the range selector switch.
  6. Remove the range selector lever retaining nut and lift off the lever.
  7. Unfasten the range selector switch mounting bolts, then remove the switch from the transaxle manual shaft.

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Check
1 The Park/Neutral/Back-up light switch
has a black colored insulator and is located
at the lower left hand side of the transaxle
near the oil pan. The switch inhibits starter
motor engagement unless the gearshift lever
is in the PARK or NEUTRAL position and
completes the back-up light circuit when the
gearshift lever is placed in REVERSE.
2 Prior to checking the switch, first make
sure the shift cable is adjusted properly (see
Section 4).
3 Raise the vehicle and support it securely
on jackstands. Extract the 2 push-in fasteners
and remove the transaxle splash shield.
4 Disconnect the electrical connector
from the Park/Neutral/Back-up light switch.
5 Using an ohmmeter, check for continuity
between the center terminal of the switch and
the switch body. Continuity should only be
present with the gearshift lever in PARK and
NEUTRAL. If continuity is detected with the
gearshift lever in any other position, replace
the switch.
6 Next, check for continuity between the
t wo outer terminals. Continuity should only
exist with the gearshift lever in the Reverse
position. Check the for continuity between
each of the outer terminals and the switch
body. No continuity should be present.
Replace the switch if it fails any of these
checks.
7 Install the transaxle splash shield and
secure it with the 2 push-in fasteners. Lower
the vehicle.
Replacement
Refer to illustration 6.10
8 Raise the vehicle and support it securely
on jackstands. Extract the 2 push-in fasteners
and remove the transaxle splash shield.
9 Working under the vehicle, disconnect
the electrical connector from the switch.
Place a drain container under the transaxle as
some fluid loss will occur.
10 Unscrew the switch from the transaxle
using a box-end wrench (see illustration).
Discard the switch seal.
11 Look into the switch opening in the
transaxle. Have an assistant shift the
transaxle from PARK to NEUTRAL. Check
that the internal operating fingers are centered
in the switch opening.
12 Install the new switch and seal into the
transaxle and tighten the switch to the torque
li sted in this Chapter's Specification Section.
13 Recheck the switch operation (see
Steps 1 through 6).
14 Attach the switch electrical connector,
install the transaxle splash shield and lower
the vehicle.
15 Check the transaxle fluid level and add
more, if necessary (see Chapter 1).

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