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Mazda 626 oil in connector on transaxle

There are two connectors on the top of the transmission, one is the 11 pin "neutral safety switch" or speed sensor , and a 10 pin connector that is pushed through from the inside of the transmission, the 10 pin connector was filled with oil. What is this connector called and can it be replaced without taking the inside of the transmission apart?

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  • Bobby Feb 21, 2012

    thank you. I actually soaked the oil out of the connector, it was actual oil/trans fluid in liquid form inside the component that has ten pins in the center. I don't know see how the fluid could have gotten into the component except it leaked in from the inside of the transmission. There are two clips on the component when depressed allows the component to be pushed down into the transmission. The component is next to the cover with a lot of screws and a gasket in it. It looks like the only way to remove the component is to remove the cover, but I don't want to do that unless I have a replacement, and know that I can replace it without disassembling the inside of the transmission.

  • Bonnie Ya?ez
    Bonnie Ya?ez Feb 22, 2012

    If fluid is leaking out of your transmission, you may want to have it taken apart anyway, it may need new seals/bushings or other components. This should be done before it gets any worse and you really hurt your transmission A rebuild kit only costs $100 or so, and rebuilding transmissions is better than letting them break and having to replace the whole thing. So you might as well determine the cause of the leak (test the pressure from the port to the specs determined for your car in each gear) and replace the connector if it's broken, or the seal/gasket for the connector. Good luck

  • Bobby Feb 22, 2012

    I did use the electrical contact cleaner to clean the connector. I did some more research and found the connector should be the male connector from the solenoid block, is it possible to remove the cover and replace the solenoid block without removing the transmission?

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Try cleaning it with electrical cleaner you can buy from any auto parts store. that should help.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012

Testimonial: "Thank you for responding and offering your help, I don't know how the oil got into the connector but it hasn't refilled. I did however change the neutral safety switch on top of the transaxle and as of last night it stopped the P0708 code from reapearing, and the transaxle/transmission from jerking while driving. I hope that the cleaning of the oil from the connector to for the solenoid block and the new neutral safety switch fixed my problems. Thanks for your help."

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SOURCE: Neutral Safety Switch Location

on the transmission where the shift cable attaches.

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SOURCE: where is the location neutral safety switch on

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The neutral saftey switch is on the front of trans. To remove, unscrew the four screws that hold up the plastic cover, remove it then look at front of tran it will be right there.it will have the shifter cable attatached to it. Loosen the bolt an make shure to put the van in nuetral there will be a small hole at the top of the shifting nob put a small brill bit through the hole an through the saftey switch this will aline the two an should start.

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