Neutral safety switch location

Tiny
DWAYNE ROUSE
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  • 2010 CHRYSLER SEBRING
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
Hello, sometimes the dash lights around the gears are all light up and the car won’t go above 50 mph. Had it scanned and it said it was the neutral safety switch. Where is it located on my car? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 AT 3:37 PM

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Tiny
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The diagnostic fault code did not say to replace the sensor. They never say to replace a part or that one is bad. When a part is referenced in a fault code, it is actually the cause of that code only about half of the time. First we have to rule out wiring and connector terminal problems before spending your money on a part that might not be needed.

Your car doesn't have a neutral safety switch like we're used to seeing. It uses a transmission range sensor as an input to the Transmission Computer. When that computer detects a problem, it indicates that by the way you observed the lights on the dash.

The sensor is in the same place the neutral safety switch used to be on older models. That is on the corner of the transmission closest to the left front corner of the car. The transmission pan must be removed, then the valve body must be removed, to replace the sensor. This job should take 0.8 hours if the car is on a hoist.

There are multiple fault codes related to transmission range sensors, and they can mean very different things. If you know the exact fault code number, you can go here:

https://www.2carpros.com/trouble_codes/obd2/p0600

to see the definitions, or I can interpret it for you.
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 AT 4:57 PM
Tiny
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Thanks a bunch, I ll get to working on it.
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 AT 5:00 PM
Tiny
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Please keep me posted on your progress. If you drop the pan, be sure to use the correct transmission fluid. This has been causing a lot of trouble on all different brands of cars. It is too common to read of a shudder when the lock-up torque converter partially engages around 35 mph. I'm living with that with my '94 Grand Voyager daily driver. The previous owner used the wrong fluid that didn't have the required additives.
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 AT 5:06 PM

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