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Sometimes when I turn the ignition key, I only hear a reasonably loud "click". A friend told me it was the neutral switch on the transmission. He said we could "bypass" the neutral switch, but that the truck would then start in any gear. Is there a problem with bypassing the neutral switch? The truck is a 1995 Ford F-250, 351 Cleveland. AutoZone told me they needed to know if the transmission pan had 17 or 20 bolts. Do I need to replace the neutral switch, and is it in fact on the transmission. It is an automatic transmission. Thanks for any tips. Glenn

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The 'click' that you are hearing is most likely the starter solenoid being actuated. If the neutral switch were bad, you should hear no click at all. The likely trouble is the starter motor itself, followed by a less likely defective starter solenoid. You can test for this with a voltmeter or test light on the starter terminal--if you get nothing but clicks, the test light should come on each time the key is operated which shows a defective starter motor. If no light at all, suspect the starter solenoid. Hope this helps!

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