How to Check a Neutral Safety Switch on a Ford Escape

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The Ford Escape is a mid-sized sport utility vehicle that has a starting price of just more than $21,000. The neutral safety switch is a component on automatic transmissions that prevent the vehicle from starting if the gear lever is set to anything other than park or neutral. Ensuring that the safety switch is operational on the Escape will help guarantee your safety and that of those in the vehicle.

  • Place your foot on the brake of the Ford Escape and shift the vehicle into drive.

  • Keep your foot on the brake and insert the key into the ignition.

  • Turn the key to attempt to start the vehicle. If it does not start, the neutral safety switch is operational.

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