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Shift lock is just a safety feature, so you have your foot on the brake, when you put it in gear. It has nothing to do with starting the car. Intermittent starting problems can be a few different things. Ignition switch, park/neutral safety switch, wiring, and corrosion. If it clicks when trying to start, it cold be loose/corroded battery cables or a bad battery.
Your car runs fine. Then 1 day you go out to start it and get no response. It won't crank. It won't even try to start. Nothing. What the heck is going on?
Try starting it in neutral. This trick can work on any make or model of any age.
There is a safety switch that will not allow the starter to engage in any gears, except park and neutral. Sometimes the shift lever indicates park, but the actual linkage is just barely in park. Enough to park the car and get your keys out, but not enough to trip that neutral safety switch.
You can, also, try firmly shifting in and out of park a few times. This may realign the indicator and the linkage. Good luck
I am not sure of the auto transmission sensor, but you are absolutely right, there is shift selector that tells the on board computer the car is in neutral or park. any other position and it will not start. I would say it would be located on the transmission where the shift cable hooks to the transmission. I can't remember weather it is on the outside or in the trans itself. It would make sense for it to be on the outside.
I hope I was of some help.
Turn the key to on position, then press brake shift out of park and cycle through reverse ,neutral, drive, etc....then place it back in park.try to tap it as far forward to make sure it is in park so that the sensor is reading it is in park.try to start vehicle.....if it starts,,,then it is your neutral safety switch. I have seen this in the past.
replacing transmission?????nonsence!!! i can tell this is an automatic trans setup, not standard. lets start here. put car in PARK and turn key on so the dash comes on. do not start car. step on the brake pedal several times slowly and listen for audible sound coming from the shifter area. you should hear clicking sound everytime yo uhit the brake. that is the shift lock solenoid releasing the mechanism indside of the shifter assembly so you can get the car out of park and into gear. you may have an issue with the shifter assembly it self. if no clicking sound is heard, it will need to be diagnosed fruther. the solenoid can not be purhcsed separatelly. shifter assembly only. start with the listening procedure and let me know.
My thought is the neutral safety switch is failing., or the gear selector linkage is out of adjustment-im not familiar with pt cruiser drivetrains, but the neutral safety switch allows a vehicle to start in only park, or neutral. Switch is located somewhere on the trans housing. Loose gear selector linkage can also be the culprit. My advice is to purchase a haynes, or chiltons repair manual specific to your cruiser's model year and follow the troubleshooting sequence for each. this will save you a lot of cash-
There is a switch on the side of the trans called a neutral safety switch. It only allows starting in park or neutral. the switch probably needs replacing. The next time you have a problem starting, try shifting to neutral to see if it will start. To do so, leave the key in the on position, apply the e-brake and shift into neutral.
the batt is suspect...take it to autozone, or other place, they'll check it out free......the shifting out of park is a seperate issue, the pawl for the steering/shifter is not working properly....did you notice if the steering wheel would turn when the shifter is stuck?....probably not....when this happens try to turn the wheel back and forth-not hard but not gently- a little graphite dust sprayed in there would help.......hope this helps you out
Sounds like the shifter linkage needs adjusted. There is a neutral saftey switch that prevents the car from being started in any foward or reverse gear. If the shifter linkage is out of adjustment, the neutral safety switch will give you starting problems.