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Why is there an adjustable switch at the base of my steering column

Adjustable switch located at base of steering column next to fire wall

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Without seeing the vehicle or knowing the year and model, I would say the shifter is located on the steering column and what you are seeing is the transmission indicator switch, or neutral safety switch as they call it. It is used to keep you from starting the vehicle while in gear. Good Luck, RAC

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