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I am having problems starting my car in the park position. When it doesn't start in the park position, I have turned the car switch on and moved the gear to neutral to start it. Now it seems to be getting worst. I have tried to troubleshoot the problem in Mercedes-Benz E-class Owner's Bible, but have not been able to find it. I think it is called a neutral safety switch. I would also need the location of it and installation instructions.

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  • delfive Jul 14, 2009

    Thanks for all your help and for providing me with a visual on the part.


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(electricity) An electric switch that is connected to the ignition switch of an internal combustion engine and prevents starting the engine unless the transmission shift lever is in the neutral or park position, or the clutch pedal is depressed.


It is located on the transmission (underneath the car)

The switch looks like on the link to see a picture of it:

The wiring connector has a locking mechanism. Twist the white ring clockwise to unlock and then use a flat blade screwdriver to pop the connector off. It should be easy. Don't raise the engine, just fit a 10mm socket into the 2 bolts, loosen, and remove the switch..if you don't have small hands then you may have to remove the bolts from the flex disk and the engine mounting bolts, raise the engine so the tranny goes down to expose the switch A brand new neutral safety switch for you E320 will cost about $60

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Late model vehicles with manual transmissions have a starter/clutch interlock switch that requires the clutch to be depressed to the floor.
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Normal operations of a neutral safety switch provides a quick check for the adjustment of the gear selector linkage.
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  • Turn the ignition key to the START position.
  • If the starter operates, the PARK position is correct.
  • After checking the PARK position, move the lever slowly toward the NEUTRAL position until the lever drops at the end of the NEUTRAL stop in the selector gate.
  • If the starter also operates at this point, the gearshift linkage is properly adjusted.
  • This quick test also tests the adjustment of the neutral safety switch.
  • If the engine does not start in either or both of these positions, the neutral safety switch or the gear selector linkage needs adjustment or repair.

Since you must work under the vehicle to adjust most shift linkages make sure you properly raise and support the vehicle before working under it. Also, wear safety glasses or goggles while working under the vehicle.
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HOWEVER, I suspect that yours is installed, so I suggest plan B. FOOT ON BRAKE, turn key to on, move shifter into R.

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Then, do the same thing from Drive, move shifter towards N, with key in start position.

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