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1998 Jeep Cherokee Classic: narrowed..the neutral safety switch..WD 40

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I have a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Classic, the backup lights aren't working, I've narrowed it down to the neutral safety switch, I want to remove the NSS from the side of the transmission so I can clean it with WD 40 etc, but I can't figure out how to remove it. Can you explain it to me?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  brownjeff replied 9 years ago.

I will attach directions to remove and install switch. If you still need help just reply, if not click ACCEPT when we are done.





  1. Raise vehicle.
  2. Disconnect switch wire harness connector.
  3. Pry washer lock tabs upward and remove switch attaching nut and tabbed washer
  4. Remove switch adjusting bolt(see picture)
  5. Slide switch off manual valve shaft.


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

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