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Where is the neutral safety switch on an 82 interstate? The light doesnt come on and you have to pull the clutch in to start it. Any ideas? Thanks Micheal

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The switch is on the lower right of the engine case behind the frame rail, hard to get to. Check the wire to the switch.

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Nope, the neutral switch on the '82 is under the front cover not on the front side by the frame like the earlier models. The lead from the switch should show a ground when checked with an ohmmeter when the transmission is in neutral and will show infinite ohms (open circuit) when any gear is selected. But firstcheck the neutral lamp bulb, don't laugh and don't ask how I know.

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a faulty bulb will cause the engine not to start in neutral?, just wondering.
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yeah a bad bulb is 1 of 2 paths for ground, the other being the clutch switch on the lever:

***WOW that was a really dumb thing to say! the bulb is obviously not a path for ground, it's through the switch!***
(I think the fuse in line there is the 3rd from the left in the fuse box)
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for what i see on the diagram. even if the bulb was shot, the solenoid would still be getting grounded by the neutral switch. the neutral switch, positive end is connected to the ignition and the positive lead is not related to the star switch as it appears on the diagram. it just shows its connected to the ignition switch power just like the solenoid

Michael, have you removed the front engine cover lately, like for an water pump service?
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Nope, the neutral switch on the '82 is under the front cover not on the front side by the frame like the earlier models. The lead from the switch should show a ground when checked with an ohmmeter when the transmission is in neutral and will show infinite ohms (open circuit) when any gear is selected. But firstcheck the neutral lamp bulb, don't laugh and don't ask how I know.
My bad, I was thinking of my 82 (sort of) with an 80 model engine.
The bulb should not cause the solenoid ground circuit to be open.

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I have put timing belts on it not a water pump i am working on it for a friend. Where is the wire i need to check. On that model do you have to have the clutch pulled in even to start in nuetral? On my 83 you dont have to pull it in in nuetral.

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Hey Michael, the neutral switch wire passes thru the front cover. If your friend had that cover off for a water pump change (or any other reason), he may not have lined the switch back up properly....the switch (mounted inside of the front cover) uses a pin that fits into a corresponding holder when you put the cover back on after removal, and needs to be lined up properly (don't ask me how I know that). By any chance does the light come on at a weird time when cycling through the gears on the road?

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The wire runs down the front of the engine behind the inner timing cover.
It should start in neutral without pulling the clutch.

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