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Engine will not turn over or start when in park with key on.

I have ask this question before and received helpful advice but now I have narrowed it down.  I have been told that if the safety neutral switch is bad, the gear shift will move from park to the other gears without having your foot on the brake pedal.  This is not the case with my problem.  The gear shift will not move out of park until I push on the brake pedal.   After I turn on the key, depress the brake pedal and then move the shifter through all the gears and back to neutral, the engine will start. Does this mean that there is a problem with the linkage.  If so how complicated is the linkage fix.

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  • donking2 Feb 10, 2009

    Thanks.  Guess we have narrowed it to the safety neutral switch.  According to your reply the switch may be able to be adjusted rather than replaced.  Is that correct?  

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You linkage is working properly it sounds like, especially if the indicator for "D, R, N", etc are lining up. However the linkage or the neutral safety switch may need to be adjusted. More than likely, it's your neutral safety switch.

The brake pedal release has nothing to do with the neutral safety switch when switching gears.

The brake pedal release is just a safety to prevent you from pushing the gear shifter accidentally. Actually, you should be able to start the truck without holding the brakes.

If the neutral safety switch is bad or misaligned, it'll do exactly what you're describing. If pulling it down in neutral starts the truck, then that's a sure indicator.


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  • transit360 Feb 10, 2009

    Yes, it could be possible that it is out of adjustment. The only way to tell is to locate the switch (not exactly sure where it's at on a E250). Usually on most cars they're on the same side of transmission as linkage, however it also possible it's on steering column.

    The great thing is that you can at least start it at this time by using the neutral start position.

    This will also depend on which motor/tranny configuration you have, which isn't specified.


  • nicole Nov 16, 2012

    it only starts in the dive position and no the indicator dose not line up with D, R , N ext?

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