Question about the neutral starter switch

Tiny
MAMAMK
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  • 1998 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 127,000 MILES
My car wouldn't start and a mechanic says that it needs a new neutral safety switch. He can fix it in a few days but meanwhile I have to move the gearshift to neutral in order to start the car (although occasionally it will start in park). It will cost about $300 in parts and labor to replace the neutral safety switch. My question is, is there a reason why I really have to replace it? I don't mind starting the car in neutral if it will save me $300. Is there any safety reason that the work has to be done? I appreciate any help!
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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 2:45 PM

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Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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First of all, did the shop try to adjust it first? There is a small amount of adjustment allowing for wear and tear.
If the contacts are bad, you can use it with neutral but it will eventually fail as well.
Get a second opinion before committing to anything.

Roy
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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 3:08 PM
Tiny
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It prevents the car from being started in anything other than Park or Neutral.

It is a safety feature, but I agree with ASE shop around.
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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 AT 1:43 PM

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