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Picture of a neutral safety switch for a ford windstar

I need to see a picture of what it looks like. I know it sits on the transmission, but have no clue what to look for.

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I don't have a picture but look directly under the air cleaner box and you will see where your transmission shifter cable hooks up the switch is under this.

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The van will not shift out of park when started.


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  • When not replaced, vehicle may experience no start and/or transmission will not shift out of park.Here's the part Damon.
http://www.autozone.com/batteries-starting-and-charging/neutral-safety-switch/duralast-neutral-safety-switch/ford/windstar/2003/6-cylinders-4-3-8l-sfi/229240_0_0

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How do i repair the van dont start,when i shift to neutro and then to parking start?


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I have a Ford windstar 1996, sometime in the morning when I turn key on to start but no clicking sound or cranking at all. I have to move the shift to any positions and back to park position then I turn...


The vehicle you have was made with a start safety switch,, it will only start in Park or neutral, sometimes that switch has just moved with normal wear and tear ,, and can be aligned again, but if its shorted or damaged it will need replacement, its located at the end of the shift cable located on the top of the transmission,

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The car want always start in part or neutral. where is the neutral safety switch? and what do it look like?


The neutral safety switch is either on the transmission or within the shift mechanism. So if your shift selector is in the steering column it will be there and if it is on the floor look there. It is just a button.


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When driving at 60mph this 99 windstar quite moving. No forward or reverse. Is this the neutral safety or a sensor?


Assuming the engine runs, this sounds like a transmission problem. Check your transmission fluid to make sure it is at the proper level and doesn't have a burned smell. If all is well, you will probably need to have an experienced transmission mechanic look at it for you. Good luck!

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My car keeps cutting out and has died a couple of times. now when i go to put it in drive it sometimes grinds or it will just sit there and the o/d off light flashes. i've changed the fuel filter.


transmission range sensor at Ford!! called safety neutral switch at auto parts stores and is the same thing... The check engine light finally came on on mine, after cutting out intermittently for a while; the code was P0708... Mine is a '98 Contour and from what I see is in a similar place...to the left of the battery sitting on top of the transmission with a wire plugging into it. The generic "safety neutral switch" looks a little different in that it is not as much as a "diamond shape" as the original Ford part... but other than that the rest looks the same. I've read on other sites about the O/D light flashing with this problem, too, sometimes.

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Find and replace speed sensor


Hi,

On Top of the Transmission. You can see the Black sensor just under the Air Breather Intake assembly in front of the driver side. It has an electrical wire connection and is bolted onto the tranny with (2)5/16" hex head bolts and (1)1/2" nut that holds the throttle arm to the sensor. Very easy to replace.

Thanks.

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