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Sometimes my 07 Pilot does not want to start and I have determined that it is the neutral safety switch. In addition the cruise control would disengage for no apparent reason. Adjusting (jiggling) the shifter would allow the Cruise to work again. Recently the CEL came on and the code that came up was P0706 which in my research points to the Neutral Safety Switch. It also lent explanation to the not starting until I adjusted the shifter as well as the Cruise Control disengaging.

I watched a couple videos on how to replace it and thought it was easy enough to tackle on my own. According to the videos I watched it is located at the bottom of the transmission on the driver side. You have to pull the tire. I found that it is not located where the videos depict. It is actually on the front side of the transmission and it has the shift linkage at the same location.

The problem that I am having is that the Neutral Safety Switch is stuck on the shift rod that comes out of the transmission (picture attached). I have cleaned it up and did what I could to remove the corrosion that is on the outside as well as in the slits on the top and bottom of the Neutral Safety Switch where it mounts to the rod. I sprayed it good with PB Blaster and it cleaned up pretty good. I blew it out with air and let is sit overnight and then all day hoping the oil would get in there and loosen it up. I wedged a screw driver in between the switch and the transmission, put the nut on the end of the shift rod and tapped it a number of times. I wanted to be careful not to wrench on it and mess up the rod since I was told it could result in needing to replace the transmission. No go! It will not come off. Talked to the stealership and they said they have seen this. They use penetrating oil and don't suggest heating it up.

After working on it again this evening without success, I decided to put it back together. I plan to drive it around for the next couple weeks and see if the code pops again. I am thinking that since I cleaned it all up in there that it may have corrected it. I could not reproduce the no start problem nor the issue with the cruise disengaging even though I tried to reproduce the problem. It was pretty sensitive before this. This may not mean anything but I am hoping it is corrected without removing it, since I cleaned it up, etc. If it pops again I may try again, hoping the oil got in there and loosened up the corrosion. If that does not prove successful, I will just bring it to my mechanic and fill him in on what I did, hoping he can free it up and pull it.

Anyone ever do this job? Did you have the same experience? Any suggestions on how to pull it without messing anything else up?



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Ok ..well first off the reason why it's NOT coming off is that you need a 6mm open wrench to hold the center and take another open wrench for the nut to "unlock" it.
I just did this replacement you can save yourself a lot of hell by going after it from the battery area .. everything is right there.. I also included the instruction procedure from the service manual for you please follow it ..you will save yourself a lot of hassle.
 

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Ok ..well first off the reason why it's NOT coming off is that you need a 6mm open wrench to hold the center and take another open wrench for the nut to "unlock" it.
I just did this replacement you can save yourself a lot of hell by going after it from the battery area .. everything is right there.. I also included the instruction procedure from the service manual for you please follow it ..you will save yourself a lot of hassle.
Wow, Thank you! This makes sense. Thank God I didn't try to force that Neutral Safety Switch off. I now know what needs to be done. I searched the repair manual but could not find the repair instructions. Thank you for including them.
 
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Hey all,

Everything seemed to go well until I started the car and put it in neutral, the N is not lit up any more, then when I go to drive the D is not lit up either, all the way down to 1. When I go back up the lights light up. The lights seem to be off by just a little. I'm thinking it happened in step 19 when torquing nut D. The internal unit seems to move when tightening. Any thoughts??

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Transmission Range Sensor (aka neutral safety switch) changing time.

Here are a couple for a 2006. You don't say what model year you have, so choose accordingly.



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Sorry i didn't clarify, this was after changing the Transmission Range Sensor from Rock Auto because of intermittent start.
 

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Who installed it? If you, it might be good to go over your work step by step. We all sometimes miss something at first.

Otherwise, defective part? You've got a 30-day return window and they don't cut you any slack if you miss it, as I've learned.
 

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Who installed it? If you, it might be good to go over your work step by step. We all sometimes miss something the at first.

Otherwise, defective part? You've got a 30-day return window and they don't cut you any slack if you miss it, as I've learned.
Yep, I messed up. When I torqued the nut, the alignment got off slightly.
Top photo; Aligned right, Bottom Photo; mis-aligned
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You, sir, have earned the "yay, glad you got it fixed" forum mascot happy banana dance recompense :

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