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Jeep Cherokee Neutral Safety Switch

Q. Vincent, I need to know, step-by-step, how to replace a neutral safety switch in my 1991 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4WD. it has the 4.0 liter engine and an automatic transmission. It has 155,000 miles on it.

Thanks...

Jeep Cherokee Neutral Safety Switch

A. Here you go! I hope it helps.

REMOVAL:
  1. Raise the vehicle.
  2. Disconnect the switch wire harness connector.
  3. Pry washer lock tabs upward and remove the switch attaching nut and tabbed washer.
  4. Remove the switch adjusting bolt.
  5. Slide switch off the manual valve shaft.
Jeep Cherokee Neutral Safety SwitchINSTALLATION:
  1. Disconnect the shift linkage rod from the shift lever on the left side of the transmission.
  2. Rotate the manual shift lever all the way rearward. Then rotate the lever forward two detent positions to Neutral.
  3. Install the switch on the manual valve shaft and install the switch adjusting bolt finger tight. Do not tighten the bolt at this time.
  4. Install the tabbed washer on the manual valve shaft and install the switch attaching nut. Tighten the nut to 6.9 Nm (61 inch lbs.) torque but do not bend the washer lock tabs over the nut at this time.
  5. Verify that the transmission is in Neutral.
  6. Rotate the switch to align the neutral standard line with the vertical groove on the manual valve shaft.
  7. Align the switch standard line with the groove or flat on the manual valve shaft.
  8. Tighten the switch adjusting bolt to 13 Nm (108 inch lbs.) torque.
  9. Bend at least two washer lock tabs over the switch attaching nut to secure it.
  10. Connect the shift linkage rod to the shift lever on the left side of the case.
  11. Connect the switch wires to the harness and the lower vehicle.
  12. Check switch operation. Engine should start in Park and Neutral only.
Jeep Cherokee Neutral Safety Switch

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