GM Cutlass RWD 1970-1987 Repair Guide

Neutral Safety/Backup Switch

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The neutral safety switch prevents the engine from being started in any transmission position except Neutral or Park. The switch is located on the upper side of the steering column under the instrument panel on column shift cars and inside the shift console on floor shift models.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

Column-Mounted Switch
  1. Remove any trim panels which may interfere with the switch removal
  2.  
  3. Remove the switch attaching screws and disengage the electrical connector.
  4.  
  5. Remove the switch.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Place the shifter in Neutral.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the screws which secure the switch.
  4.  
  5. Fit a 0.090 in. gauge pin into the outer hole on the switch cover.
  6.  
  7. Move the switch until the gauge pin drops into the alignment hole on the inner slide. Tighten the switch securing screws. Remove the gauge pin.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Neutral safety/backup switch adjustment

Console-Mounted Switch
  1. Remove any trim panels which may interfere with the switch removal
  2.  
  3. Remove the switch attaching screws and disengage the electrical connector.
  4.  
  5. Remove the switch.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Place the shifter in Park.
  2.  
  3. Remove the center console.
  4.  
  5. Loosen the switch securing screws.
  6.  
  7. Fit a 0.090 in. gauge pin into the outer hole on the switch cover.
  8.  
  9. Move the switch until the gauge pin drops into the alignment hole on the inner slide. Tighten the switch securing screws.
  10.  
  11. Remove the gauge pin. Check to make sure the car will only start in Neutral or Park.
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