Gear Selector Microswitch: Choosing the Right Replacement
When you select a gear and shift to it, everything should go smoothly. Transmission shouldn't mess this up. If you have difficulty shifting gears, then something must be wrong and this needs to be checked right away. A busted gear selector microswitch might be giving you a hard time changing into proper gear. If this is the case, then the part should be tested for wear or any defect. If you're about to replace the microswitch, then here are some dos and don'ts:
- Check the specs of the car's stock gear selector microswitch before you place an order for a replacement. You'd want to make sure that the new switch can be plugged in easily and that it won't cause any trouble with electrical connection.
- Make your search more specific. This will make it much easier for you to get the electrical component that you need. Indicate the make, model, and year of the vehicle, so the seller can help you find a replacement switch that matches the OE specifications or a replacement that's guaranteed to offer great fit, form, and function.
- Shop around for the best options. There's a good number of brands to consider. Even if you're after quality, you shouldn't limit your search to products offered by the dealership. Some stores carry OES/OEM products that offer basically the same thing but without the logo of the car manufacturer. These are sold at much lower prices. Aftermarket products aren't necessarily inferior in quality. Some of them are designed to bring better features than the stock or for improved performance. Others are simply made to be good enough as replacements. If you're trying out a new brand or you're not familiar with it, read some consumer reviews to have an idea about product quality, durability, and other conditions based on personal experience or from a car owner's point of view.
- Don't buy a microswitch without checking first if it's brand new or remanufactured. Some switches are, in fact, restored, and these can be sold at much lower prices. Remanufactured parts don't mean that they're substandard. Worn-out components of the switch are replaced, while other mechanisms and materials are inspected for wear or any defect. They undergo a certain process or procedure, so the remanufactured parts can meet the OE standards and other tolerances. They can be good as new. However, there are also remanufactured or rebuilt parts that use substandard components or processes. More established brands or manufacturers that specialize in switches or electrical components can guarantee good product quality.
- Don't replace the microswitch until you're sure that this is causing the failure. Test the switch first using a multimeter with ohm meter function or any similar tool. If you can disassemble and reassemble the switch without breaking it, you can also try cleaning the contacts inside. Sometimes, cleaning can do the trick in making the switch work.
- Don't just grab anything you can find on the shelf or any stuff you can easily add to your shopping cart. Consider the product warranty and other shopping perks offered by the store first. An auto parts store that sell a wide range of auto parts and accessories for various makes and models is a great place to do your shopping as it can provide you with more options, including top-selling brands and products from other aftermarket manufacturers. It can most likely offer a product that you need and guarantee reliable customer service and a pleasurable shopping experience.