Nissan Pathfinder Neutral Safety Switch Location

by Kyle Sanstrom

The neutral safety switch in a Nissan Pathfinder is located on the right side of the transmission tailshaft housing. This switch prevents the engine from starting when the transmission is out of the park or neutral position, preventing the vehicle from jumping forward. When this switch fails, the engine will not start. Replacement neutral safety switches are available from Nissan dealerships and local auto parts stores.

Place the transmission in the park position, turn off the engine and apply the parking brake.

Crawl underneath the passenger side of the vehicle and look at the rear of the transmission, where the tailshaft meets the drive shaft.

Locate the neutral safety switch. It is on the right side of the tailshaft housing, just below the shifter housing. It is shaped like a half-moon, made from steel, and has two electrical connectors attached to its bottom end.

About the Author

Kyle Sanstrom has been writing professionally since 2008. His articles have been published on several websites including eHow and Automobile Insight. Sanstrom has undergone advanced automotive training at the Dunwoody College of Technology, holds an Associate of Arts in general studies from Century College and has more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of automotive repair and diagnosis.