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'94 Buick LeSabre, Replacement "Prindle" Switch

Q: I have a '94 Buick LeSabre. What is a prindle switch and why can't I get one? I am handicapped and need to have a car at all times. The car started going slow and I brought it in to the dealer and he said it needed a neutral safety switch or a prindle. Was there any recall on this?

- Phyllis

A: I think what has happened is there was a typo or spelling error. The reason I believe this is that you stated a neutral switch. There is a switch called a park neutral safety switch. In newer vehicles this switch can also be the transmission shift position switch/sensor. This switch/sensor tells the computer what gear/selection the driver has made. On some computer scan tools this switch/sensor information is displayed as PRNDL. Depending on the transmission, if this switch/sensor is bad, the transmission will not shift correctly. Call the service writer at the dealership and ask for clarification of the prindle. I think with the right information it will be much easier to get the part you're looking for.

 
     
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