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1999 Dodge Caravan will not start in any gear

I know it must be with the transmission electronics it was rebuilt last year but when I went to put it in I noticed the shift linkage was half seized freed that up and got it in no go. I cleaned all terminals and connections lights go out when you hit the key like it would when it would try to start but won't turn over.Run a hot wire from battery to starter and it started like a new van.

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The only thing on the transmission is the inhibitor switch, this is nice and easy to replace it is on the front of the transmission, unscrew one replace with new. But before you do that check your ignition switch, we have lots of issues with them.

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