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97 Jimmy shuts off when shifting from park to drive

I have a '97 GMC Jimmy. The vehicle will run fine until I shift from park to drive. This is when the Jimmy will shut off.

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Could be your neutral-safety switch.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013

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you might have an electric problem since the brake switch comunicates with the transmission module

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most likely your brake switch is out. If you had a scanner you would be able to see if the computer see's you pressing on the pedal. Or if you know how to test you could check to see if it switches ( completes the circuit ).

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I need the CODES this year has valve body problems for tcc slipping on these & shift timing need more information

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SOURCE: GMC 1500 Auto, will not shift back into park?

Climb under your pickup and look where the cable connects to the side of the transmission and make sure there is not any mud around the cable or around the shift linkage hookup. If so clean it off and see if it will shift. We have found many of these with mud caked around the shift linkage or a lot of ice buildup and wont allow it to shift into park.

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SOURCE: rx300 with 143000 miles, overdrive won't engage

Start by checking the least expensive items:

Make sure you are not activating the O/D switch in the shift stick inadvertently.

Look at the display panel, if the "Eng" light is on, you must get the code and repair the affected item. If you have knock sensors and/or oxygen sensors malfunctions that may prevent the transmission from shifting to O/D.

Check the ground cables located in the engine compartment, especially the ones behind the air intake manifold. If they are loose or broken it affects the ECU (car computer) and causes the transmission to work erratically. If they become disconnected it may burn the ECU and shut down the car.

Now going to more profound mechanics, it could be a sticking shift solenoid valve, your RX300 transmission have five of those located were the transmission oil strainer (filter) is. It can also be an ECU malfunction and/or related to the wiring from the ECU to the transmission connectors.

Always start from the least expensive and recheck the obvious. Good luck.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

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