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Unread 06-07-2010, 02:22 PM   #1
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NSS - To OEM or Not To OEM?

2000 XJ Limited 4.0 Automatic.
Had Neutral Safety Switch problems 12 months ago. Removed, cleaned, replaced my NSS using guidelines posted on this forum and it worked perfect until 2 weeks ago when I started having trouble starting it in park again. A few days after my start-in-park problem, my check engine light came on (which didn't happen 12 months ago) and I had the code pulled. It indicated a NSS problem (code=0705). I did some searching on this forum and found the combination of the code and NSS issue was probably related to the NSS being slightly misaligned. I check back-up lights and confirmed they were not lighting up. I loosened the NSS adjusting screw and tried to find a spot where I could tighten it down with both the back-up lights working and the car starting in park. However, no matter where I tighten it down, seems I can only get one issue resolved at a time (either start easily in park or have the back-up lights work). I'm thinking it may be time to just replace the NSS. Does anyone agree / disagree? I can buy an OEM for about $290 or an aftermarket one manufactured by Crown Automotive for about $140. Does anybody have comments about the performance of the Crown Auto part?

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Unread 06-07-2010, 02:37 PM   #2
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The NSS for a late 90's Camry is identical to the Jeep (AW4 that is). I don't know about the connectors but the part is the same. $170 is just too much.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 03:06 PM   #3
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If i were in this boat i would just bypass the the NSS, Ive talked to people that did it when the converted it to AX-15's and it worked fine.

Not sure on the specifics thou
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Unread 06-07-2010, 07:12 PM   #4
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I am dealing with this same thing. Mine is cracked and now gives me a check engine light. So yeah. I need to go to autozone and see what specific code it says. Anyway, here is what I found.

1997-2001 Jeep Cherokee Neutral Safety Switch - Replacement - Direct OE replacement

I am not sure on if it works or not. But its ~60$.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 11:14 PM   #5
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2000 XJ Limited 4.0 Automatic.

I'm thinking it may be time to just replace the NSS. Does anyone agree / disagree? I can buy an OEM for about $290 or an aftermarket one manufactured by Crown Automotive for about $140. Does anybody have comments about the performance of the Crown Auto part?

Thanks much,
OR, you can just clean the NSS again, as long as it's not cracked. Use a small pick and make sure you clean out the slots where the small contact plates and springs sit.

You can find used ones on eBay for about $50 but the link jhamar posted is almost too good to be real!
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Unread 12-14-2011, 06:46 AM   #6
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I found one on ebay same part number as the $150 one on Q-tec for $44.95...gonna try and tackle this weekend. I too was sick of reading the high costs on sites...hope the op got the situation resolved! my backup lights dont work and I have no 4th gear, starts fine though..
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Unread 12-14-2011, 02:55 PM   #7
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I paid 220 at advance. I wish I would have tried Ebay one.
Good luck and let us know.
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Unread 12-14-2011, 04:45 PM   #8
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OEM one is the best in reliability, but yes....expensive. To be honest, I haven't heard a lot of bad news about aftermarket NSS units though, so in this case, I would consider purchasing one. But not a cheap one from ebay. Too many horror stories about anything relating to automotive electrical, UNLESS the brand name is confirmed!
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Unread 12-15-2011, 10:37 AM   #9
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I bought a cheap $50ish one from Ebay and it's been working fine now for about two months.
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