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Hello, I have a question that I hope someone can help me with this.
Here lately, once in a while when I attempt to start my daughters car,
the starter just grinds. Then I jiggle the shifter, and it will start
just fine. I know there is a neutral safety switch in there. But how to
I adjust/clean it? Its a 97 Camry LE, 4 cyc.
 
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> Hello, I have a question that I hope someone can help me with this.
> Here lately, once in a while when I attempt to start my daughters car,
> the starter just grinds. Then I jiggle the shifter, and it will start
> just fine. I know there is a neutral safety switch in there. But how to
> I adjust/clean it? Its a 97 Camry LE, 4 cyc.


The switch you are looking for is mounted on the front of the auto-trans as
viewed with the hood up looking down at the forward side of the trans. The
workshop manual says there is a vertical line inscribed on the switch which
must be inline with a similar mark cut into the shaft which operates the
switch. Loosen the switch mounting screws prior to aligning the 2 marks.

It maybe the switch is worn or broken or full of dirt. Best to buy a
workshop manual so you can do this job. Up in the console, there is a cable
running to the trans which is operated by the gear-selector. The adjustment
for this cable, maybe loose or damaged making the problem worse or actually
be the problem. Once again, a manual is your friend. They can be bought at
most auto accesory-stores for around $30 or so.

My money would be on the switch being worn, if I had to bet on it.
Jason
 
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