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Neutral Safety Switch

I've got two things on Rock auto that show up. Now, I want to spend as least as I have to. One part is, $8. The other much more.

Anyone have this problem before and had to buy a part to fix this? Which one worked and where the hell is it at on this car?

(Car is starting to force me to start it in neutral, unless I play around with it in park to get it to recognize where it's at.)

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Also apparently known as the Trans-axle Range Sensor and another part Trans-axle Range Relay

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never heard of this before.

I assume this is an 2004 correct? meaning you have the 4spd?


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maybe this can give you some direction. I would think the sensor is in the center consul and may need to be tightened up or cleaned, but I don't know.


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never heard of this before.

I assume this is an 2004 correct? meaning you have the 4spd?
Correct. I have heard of this problem before on other cars. I was freaking out in the lot, I had no symptoms to go off that would immediately trigger and oh shit moment. Buddy of mine texted me to put it in neutral to see if it starts and sure enough it did. He called it the neutral safety switch. As I looked up the part, came across it on Rockauto, called Trans-axle Range Sensor or Range Sensor Relay.
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you know what, I have heard of this. Dude in tampa just had this problem. it is a part of the starter and replacing the starter cured his issues.


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I'm having the same issue, the park light won't appear to be displayed on the dash so there for the car won't start unless I fiddle with it I'll find the P light or I could put it into neutral in order to start the car

Im curious to know what it is exactly.
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Has your problem been corrected? I have a 2008 Mazda 6 and I have been having the same problem. The parking light is completely unlit and when I am driving, the driver light will flicker. I finally have the money to get it fixed and finally found forum about it, so if you figured out that would be awesome. It would allow me to point my mechanic in the right way.
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I know that this is an old thread, but hey I used the search function. Anyway, wondering if anyone found the right part/how to fix it?

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MAZDA 6 2007
Neutral Safety Switch / Trans-axle Range Sensor
Hi,.I ahve been facing a problem of not starting when try .When I move the gear right to left or put in neutral then it restart.
Kindly let me know what to do to fix it??.Do I need to replace a new starter OR a new Neutral Safety Switch OR / Trans-axle Range Sensor , for my MAZDA 6 , 2007
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If it's starting in neutral or after moving/wiggling the shifter around a bit, it's the Range Sensor. The range sensor is not part of the starter as previously stated above (I looked up some pics just to be sure). However, it is part of the ignition system because the range sensor basically has to indicate that the car is in Park or Neutral before the computer will allow the starter solenoid/motor to engage/turn over when the key switch is turned. On most automatic cars, the range sensor is mounted on the side of the transmission, and a little bit of AT fluid will be lost when swapping it out but not usually enough to matter.

On rare occasions I'm having the same thing occur in our 6i, so if you replace it, can you please report back and let us know the difficulty or rough cost to get it fixed?

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