Neutral safety switch keeps going bad

Tiny
996XJ
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  • 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE
  • 4.0L
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 260,000 MILES
I bought the vehicle listed above (XJ) a month ago as a project car. I immediately noted that I’d likely need a new neutral safety switch, seeing as the vehicle would turn on (A/C, stereo, etc.), But wouldn’t even try to start until I’d shift into neutral or turn the key a few times.

Ended up grabbing a brand new switch, putting it on, and problem solved! For a week. While it’s definitely not as bad, you can definitely tell that we’re headed downwards.

I know that I’ll be needing new battery cables and a small fix for a little leak in my transmission.

Any clues as to why I’m blowing through switches? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Monday, March 15th, 2021 AT 5:14 PM

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Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Good morning,

I would inspect the connector and make sure the pins are tight, not damaged and they are tight. Bad connections are the main reason for failure.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-a-neutral-safety-switch-works

Roy
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 AT 2:52 AM

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