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Where is the neutral safety switch on a 2003 ford escape

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At top area of transmission where the shifter cable attaches to lever and shaft @ base of shaft is gear selector/nuetral safety switch remove nut on end of shaft and usually 3 - 8mm screws holding switch down ,unplug electrical connector,remove lever from shaft and raise switch up and out

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