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Old 03-30-2015, 11:48 PM   #1
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Default Neutral switch 'bypass'

Are there any downsides to this? (Aside from leaving your car in gear, starting it, and driving over/through something)

I believe mine is toast, as I've done a bit of research and chased it back to a weird idle air control valve problem. I don't know specifics, but the info is out there.

So if I can be responsible and not leave my car in gear (I don't), I'd be better off just bypassing, and saving 30 or so dollarbucks, yeah?
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Old 04-01-2015, 07:59 AM   #2
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I haven't had one for about a year.
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:52 AM   #3
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That is a requirement to have at our local drag track. Should check your area if you race.
If not bypass it, but tell the buyer when you sell it!
That being said, I would replace it.
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:52 PM   #4
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The neutral switch doesn't prevent the car from starting. The clutch pedal switch does.

If you bypass the switch eventually you will get a CEL. The ECU expects it to change at times. You can turn off the code with ROM raider but there are some advantages to having the switch work, it's less likely to stall on quick decel out of gear and idles better.
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:05 AM   #5
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The neutral switch doesn't prevent the car from starting. The clutch pedal switch does.

If you bypass the switch eventually you will get a CEL. The ECU expects it to change at times. You can turn off the code with ROM raider but there are some advantages to having the switch work, it's less likely to stall on quick decel out of gear and idles better.

Affirmative to all of this. I suppose that's why it's kicking the idle air control (fail safe) code. The idle isn't horrible or all over the place, just higher than usual...around 1250rpm for me.

I also noticed it makes the fan run constantly as well.

I'm already expecting the new switch to arrive tomorrow hopefully lol. I don't really like half-assing things. Hence the purchase before receiving a good answer
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:59 PM   #6
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^ my bad, got mixed up.sorry about that.. yes I replaced my transmission neutral safety switch to in the hunt to fix my high idle/CEL.
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