Location of neutral safety switch - '97 LHS

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BSERDAN
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  • 1997 CHRYSLER LHS
Hi I have a 1997 Chrsyler LHS that won't start. At first the problem was on and off leading me to believe it was a dead spot in the starter. Prior to replacing the starter I replaced the starter relay in the power management control center and the car started up fine for about 20 times. Then a few days ago again it would'nt start. I get power to all components such headlights, dash information lights, radio, etc. And the battery is holding a good charge, just no spark to turn it over. So I have replaced the starter and it still won't start which leads me to believe it may be the neutral start safety switch. (Although I can start it if I jump the lead of the battery to the hot wire that runs down to the starter). Problem is I have no idea where the Neutral S.S. It's located. I have the Mitchell Repair Guide on CD-ROM and it has no information on it. Would it be located in the interior by the center shift console under the plastic molding? Or somewhere in the engine compartment. I have only replaced one before and that was on my 1959 Olds and that was in plain site under the stearing column. Any help would be greatly appreciated so I can get to work this week. Thanks!
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Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 AT 1:12 PM

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Tiny
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If you have a 42LE transaxle, my info shows that switch is in the transaxle. I hope I'm wrong. It shows that switch to ground the coil side of the starter relay.

You don't have a theft system on there, do you?

The wire that you jumped voltage to, in order to get the starter to crank, was it lite green?

Is the starter relay a standard ISO relay, black about one inch square? Are a couple of terminals labeled 30 and 87, if they are, you can use a jumper on those terminals to crank the starter. The wiring diagram shows terminals ID--8B and 8D. If you try that, make sure the tranny is in park or neutral and the e-brake is set. Don't let anybody get in front--behind--or under the vehicle. Keep the kids in the house. I'm just kidding, it shouldn't do anything but crank the starter, as long as the vehicle is out of gear.

If you leave the key in the on position, when you try this, does the vehicle start and run? If it does remove the jumper. Be careful.
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Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 AT 4:29 PM
Tiny
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Yes I do have the factory keyless chrysler power door locks and ani theft sytem.

And yes the wire was green. Why?
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Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 AT 6:42 PM
Tiny
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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 AT 5:00 AM
Tiny
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I don't have your donation, don't know where that went. I was just surfing by and saw your post, the other folks are free to post-up.

If you have the 42LE transaxle, I told you where the switch was located, It's inside the transaxle. That switch is called a, "manual valve lever position sensor. There should be a connector on the left side next to the fill tube.

I ask about the wire color you jumped in order to crank the starter, because I wasn't sure how you jumped the starter, most people crawl under the vehicle, there is no need to do that.

I asked about the theft system because I thought that might be causing your problem. I have no information on that system.

I know you said you replaced the starter relay, did you check for voltage at the relay terminals, just trying to rule that out.

Are there any trouble-codes?

Have a nice day.
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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 AT 7:45 AM
Tiny
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I just don't think the switch is in the transaxle does'nt make any sense to me. I was told by some one else today it's in the center console as I had thought. Going outside to investigate right now.
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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 AT 3:23 PM
Tiny
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Still have'nt found it. Anyone else have an idea of where it is located?
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Friday, March 2nd, 2007 AT 10:26 PM
Tiny
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I thought I figured it out becuase I went through the Mitchell repair guide and read about resetting the anti-theft sytem in my car. So I disconnected the battery with the key in the door locks then reconnected it and locked and unlocked the car. Wah La it started right up. Started everytime for about 3 days now and today. Bam no ignition. Ughhh. Now am looking into the MVLPS switch - Engine coil pack- and the crankshaft postion sensor -
I don't know, anyone out there please help.
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Saturday, March 10th, 2007 AT 5:50 PM

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