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Radio turns off whe ncar is in reverse or forward

Just after a hurricane IKE my 97 ford taurus started having a problem. When I put car in reverse the radio stopped playing, Now the windows will not go up when car is in drive I have to put car in neurtral to roll up windows.

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Replace the neutral safety switch on the transmission.

Posted on Nov 27, 2008


I had this same problem...i had to go through and change a few sensors and my EGR my windows roll up and down, the radio stays on and it doesnt stall in the middle of driving..

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