Dodge Caravan Neutral Safety Switch Replacement Cost

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The average cost for a Dodge Caravan neutral safety switch replacement is between $98 and $110. Labor costs are estimated between $44 and $56 while parts are priced at $54. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.

How does the neutral safety switch work?

To protect the vehicle, there is a switch installed on most automatic and dual clutch transmissions which disallows the engine from starting when the transmission is not placed in neutral or park. Some models use input from the transmission control unit to determine the vehicle's transmission position, but others use a physical switch. Both systems function to interrupt the starting circuit when the transmission is not in park or neutral.

What are the symptoms related to a bad neutral safety switch?

When the neutral safety switch fails, the vehicle will either start in any gear, or will not start in any gear. In many cases, the vehicle will start in neutral, but not in park. Some vehicles may store on-board diagnostic (OBD) trouble codes which reference the transmission, but, most commonly, there will be no diagnostic trouble codes stored in the vehicle's memory for this issue, as the computer cannot recognize this failure in most cases.

Can I drive with a neutral safety switch problem?

Driving with a faulty neutral safety switch is generally impossible, but if the vehicle will start and change gears like normal, driving should not pose any issues. If the vehicle will not start, it will require a tow to a repair facility.

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How often do neutral safety switches need to be replaced?

MAF sensors do tend to fail sometime in many vehicles. Failure rates are highest between 100,000 and 150,000 miles, but this is only an average. The sensor can also be damaged by road debris in many vehicles, or anytime the transmission is serviced or repaired. Lastly, a collision may cause a physical or electrical fault in the neutral safety switch. Vehicles with internal neutral safety switches will benefit from proper maintenance, and may fail prematurely when the transmission is neglected.