Let’s talk Gear Position Sensor Repair
I checked prices on a gear position sensor and found they sell for about $120. I suspected they were nothing more than a sophisticated switch..no electronics. The connector was difficult to impossible to unhook. I decided to take it apart in place since it was held together with about 5 screws. It was an easy fix.
The construction of the switch is such that it has three tracks of contacts that send various signals to the computer to specify what gear the transmission is in.
The idea that the contacts could be dirty or worn sounded like a simple enough thing to fix. As the pictures show, it was simple enough.
One picture (out of focus) shows a dirty contact..the worst of the 3. None of the three contacts were burned…just dirty. There are three copper contacts that are springloaded and mounted on a moveable arm. They simply slide along 3 separate tracks of contacts which themselves can become corroded. My symptoms were intermittent. This indicated poor contact reliability as I found.
Resolution: Dismantle the unit (being careful not to lose the 3 copper spring-loaded contacts. Use very fine sandpaper to clean up the flat ends of the copy contacts and to run along the three tracks to clean and brighten the tracks they’ll slide against. I used alcohol to clean up any residue. I then smeared some grease that was on the body of the switch to re-lube the tracks and contacts.
I then reassembled..no need to readjust anything. Just put it back exactly lined up the way I found it. Worked like a charm. See photos attached.
Difficulties I found: The left mount of the gear position sensor also holds the transmission dipstick holder and was a royal pain to remove and replace. Suggest leaving the dipstick itself in place inside the holder so as to make it easier to remount the dipstick guide/holder when it’s time to reinstall. You simply can’t see well in that area. The rest is just normal mechanical issues and being careful not to lose small parts.
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