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Old 01-29-2013, 12:19 AM
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bought my 96 a few months ago and the reverse lights never worked. trying to sell it now and thought id just go ahead and replace the neutral safety switch. so pulled the old one, and quickly put the new one on, with the metal seal and tightened it down. it was a bit hard with everything in the way and luckily i had let it cool as i lost a some tranny fluid but all was good. didnt know which way i had taken it off so i just put it back on and started it up. weird noise started so i quickly shut it off, only to hear the starter still cranking? pulled the battery cable and it stopped. removed wiring from switch and flipped it, tried again. this time just barely tapping it over to engage the starter and same thing, it just keeps cranking even with the key off. so logical thing is well the solenoid is melted. so i tried pulling the wiring off the sensor, viola! starter operates normally, but no reverse lights... i havent replaced the starter or tried to (if the solenoids bad gotta replace as a whole because i stripped the screws) but i did pull the starter off and everything looked fine. no burns or melted metal. any clue? im going out to the field in the morning so wont get to it til friday/saturday but ill still be able to get one here. thanks for any help
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I've heard that when you change the neutral safety switch on these, that you must add a spacer, to the new one, or it won't work right. Like an extra washer, or o'ring, whatever. Have no personal experience, but I've read several posts on the subject (No, I didn't sleep in a Holiday inn express last night!! LOL) That does NOT explain a runaway starter, that sounds like a stuck relay, to me. I think the 2 outer wires are lights, the center is neutral safety, on the switch on the tranny, that is... (If that helps)

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If it’s like my ’96, it shouldn’t matter which way the connector is plugged in (like Screamintrashcan said, the outer prongs are for the reverse lights so it doesn’t matter since both lights are either on or off at the same time). I wonder if you just got a bad new neutral safety switch. When the starter was continuing to turn over, did you try shifting into drive (or putting it in gear with foot off the clutch) to see if the starter would stop?
Here are some things that you may want to try for info purposes: First, with the new switch in place and the ign switch on but engine not running and the vehicle in reverse, do the reverse lights come on? Second, will the starter turn over with the shifter in drive (or any forward gear without the clutch pushed in) =>make sure no one/thing is in front of the vehicle)?
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