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Neutral switch or shifter problem on Mazda 3 ?


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maxmel11
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Jun 23, 2022, 6:46 AM

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Neutral switch or shifter problem on Mazda 3 ? Sign In

Hi ,

Mazda 3 2012 Skyactive Automatic 4 doors

Having an hard time detect correct position of the shifter.

I need to play with the shifter stick for the car to be be able to detect if in PARK , BACK , DRIVE or NEUTRAL position.

Stick seems to be loose also.

How to confirm ?

Tks


Hammer Time
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Jun 23, 2022, 9:40 AM

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Re: Neutral switch or shifter problem on Mazda 3 ? Sign In

If the stick seems loose then there is likely some linkage loose or worn out. You will find the answer when you open the console and look at it to see where the movement is.

The neutral switch requires precise positioning which a loose shifter cannot deliver.



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maxmel11
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Jun 24, 2022, 8:28 PM

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Re: Neutral switch or shifter problem on Mazda 3 ? Sign In

Hi , Tks for you reply.

I had adjust the cable a bit on the shifter side , help but not 100%.

I removed the air filter and was able to see the other end of the cable to the transmission but did not see the neutral switch .

I can see cable moving correctly , even put some lubrifiant .
Possible the neutral
Switch is on the shifter side ?

Helpppp

Thanks


Hammer Time
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Jun 25, 2022, 4:22 AM

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Re: Neutral switch or shifter problem on Mazda 3 ? Sign In

I don't know what you mean by "adjusted the cable". Most of these cables are not adjustable. The linkage just gets worn out so the shifter moves without the other end of the cable responding. This is usually due to worn or missing bushings.

The neutral switch called a "Range sensor" is located on the transmission, right where the cable connects.





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