Dodge Avenger Help!!!


Old 06-12-05, 04:09 PM
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I have a 96' Automatic Dodge Avenger that will only start when the shifter is moved around or won't start all together. The car lights and radio will also turn on. If someone has any information that will help please reply to this message.
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Old 06-12-05, 05:06 PM
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Hi cjlstacy,

Welcome to the board. Not being a mechanic, all I can do is give you information I find on the net. Here's what I found. (Keep in mind this is written as if you were a mechanic) Scroll down to the removal and installation section.

Neutral Safety Switch
Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

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Understanding the Automatic Transaxle

Fluid Pan

Neutral Safety Switch

Back-up Light Switch

Automatic Transaxle Assembly


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1995 Cirrus and Stratus; 1995-96 Sebring Coupe and Avenger

See Figure 1

On these vehicles, the neutral safety switch (Park/Neutral position switch) is located to the right of the transaxle range switch on the front of the transaxle, just above the fluid pan.

Disconnect the negative battery cable.

Safely raise and support the vehicle.

Disengage the electrical connector from the switch.

Unscrew the switch from the transaxle case.

Fig. 1: Location of the transaxle range switch (1) and the Park/Neutral position switch (2)

To install:

Position a new seal washer, then screw the switch into the transaxle case.

Attach the electrical connector to the switch.

Lower the vehicle.

Connect the negative battery cable.

1996-98 Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring Convertible and Breeze; 1997-98 Sebring Coupe and Avenger

See Figures 2, 3 and 4

These vehicles are not equipped with a conventional neutral safety switch or back-up light switch. Instead, the automatic transaxle is equipped with a Transaxle Range Sensor (TRS), which is located on top of the valve body. This sensor performs the functions of the neutral safety and back-up light switches.

The TRS, if defective, must be removed with the transaxle's valve body as an assembly. The TRS is mounted on the top side of the valve body.

Disconnect the negative battery cable.

Remove the air cleaner assembly.

Disconnect the gear shift cable.

Remove the manual valve lever.

Unplug the transaxle range sensor's electrical connector.

Raise and safely support the vehicle.

Place a drain pan, with a large opening, under the transaxle oil pan. Loosen the transaxle oil pan mounting bolts and tap the oil pan at one corner to break it loose, allowing the fluid to drain. After the fluid has drained, remove the transaxle oil pan.

Remove the transaxle oil filter while allowing the residual transaxle fluid to fully drain.

Remove the mounting bolts for the valve body.

Separate the Park rod from the guide bracket and remove the valve body assembly from the transaxle.

Place the valve body assembly on a workbench.

Fig. 2: Remove the TRS retaining screw

Fig. 3: Remove the manual shaft seal

Fig. 4: Removal of the transaxle range sensor

Remove the TRS attaching screw.

Remove the manual shaft seal and slide the TRS up the manual shaft to remove it from the valve body.

To install:

Install the TRS by sliding it down onto the manual shaft.

Install the manual shaft seal halfway down onto the manual shaft, and seat it in the shaft seal groove.

Install and tighten the TRS retaining screw to 45 inch lbs. (5 Nm).

Install the valve body assembly up into the transaxle. Engage the Park rod into the guide bracket.

Install and tighten the valve body mounting bolts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).

Install a new transaxle oil filter and O-ring.

Before installing the transaxle oil pan, be sure to thoroughly clean the gasket mating surfaces of the transaxle case and transaxle oil pan, as well as the pan magnet. Then, place a light bead of RTV sealer on the oil pan gasket surface. Properly position the new pan gasket on top of the pan gasket mating surface.

Position the transaxle oil pan onto the transaxle case and install the pan mounting bolts. Tighten the oil pan mounting bolts to 165 inch lbs. (19 Nm).

Lower the vehicle.

Plug in the transaxle range sensor's electrical connector.

Install the manual valve lever and reconnect the gear shift cable.

Install the air cleaner assembly.

Pour 4 quarts of MOPAR® ATF PLUS Type 7176 or equivalent ATF into the transaxle filler tube.

Connect the negative battery cable.

Start the engine and allow it to idle for at least one minute. Apply both the parking and service brakes. Move the gear shift selector momentarily through each gear position, ending up in the P or N position.

Check the fluid level, while the engine is running and, if necessary, add sufficient fluid to bring to the correct level.

Road test the vehicle.


The neutral safety switch and the transaxle range sensor are both non-adjustable components.

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Old 06-12-05, 05:16 PM
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RE: Dodge Avenger Help!!!

Thanks for the information. Do you know anything about the switch being in the transmission?
Old 06-12-05, 06:05 PM
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Yes, it's located on the Transaxle. Dont confuse this with the Sensor mentioned in the instructions. The sensor looks like an oil sending unit, or oil pressure sensor, usually located either on the block, or somewhere near the oil filter. Hope all this helps.


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