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XJ8L 1998 neutral safety switch issues

Old 01-09-2019, 05:41 AM
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Hello all! Ive had this beautiful car for close to 19 years, have been through a range of issues, (3 engines and a transmission amongst just a few) though this one has me dumbfounded. About a two weeks ago started have the car not start in park. Put car in neutral and it started. No codes no check engine no indicators.

started to think prehapse battery, starter or alternator. So took it up to auto zone and the ran test all 3 were good. I have a computer again no codes. From reading forums realized possible neutral saftey switch issues. So bought a rebuilt unit online, the switch looks brand new. From watching YouTube videos I was lead to belive the part was located

The part I purchased and need to know where to put it.
on back side of shifter. I took the car apart amazingly only took about 30 minutes.

I could not locate the neutral satey switch. LJA6201AD part number. which I still belive attaches to the shifter. After reading more online I ran thrugh the gears and boom got a transmission fault and check engine light. Ran code and it said neutral saftey switch.

seems im on the right track. Now can anyone tell me where the switch is located. Read online on a non jag forum its located on top left side of transmission. I only took apart half the shifter and realized I might be in over my head. Though after looking at a removed shifter I am starting to think its located on rear of shifter, though dont want to cuase further damage taking it apart. Ive also noticed the shifter lights work intermittently, park sometimes does light up, and when I run gears p through 3rd on manual sports mode notice lights go out on park and 2 gear. This also re pulls fualt codes check engine transmission.

anyone that can tell me where this part goes thank you, also becuase of the lights engaging intermittently is it the shifter its self?

thank you any help is appreciated!

Best regards to all and please help!

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Old 01-09-2019, 07:35 AM
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It's located on the side of the transmission itself (not inside the car). Fairly easy to replace once the car is supported on jack stands high enough so you can get underneath the car.
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Very common problem with these model cars, fairly easy replacement when the car is in lifted, my car ended up not stating in park or neutral!
i recommend using a new OEM made by ZF for Jaguar, i purchased a used one, and then a "Rebuilt switch" (that i suspect was a used one cleaned up very well) both only worked for about a year, purchased a new one at All European Auto Supply in Detroit ( )
paid about the same and it's been good now going on the 3rd year

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