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I have a 92 awd subaru svx. I drove it for a full day after putting a new front end on it. Got into the car about a half hour after I pulled up to the house the car wouldn't start. Put the key in the ignition and nothin. The starter wouldn't even kick over. Almost as if there was no power. Well we jumped the starter with a wire to start the car, but it had to be in gear between reverse and neutral and it would turn over. Now instead of it being in AWD it has an indicator light that shows it is in FWD. The ignition is still messed up, it won't turn over putting the key in the ignition. I still have to turn the key and put it in gear between neutral and reverse to start the car.

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  • phugley1 Apr 15, 2009

    Thankyou for the shifting issue. What about the ignition and the car switching itself from AWD to Front wheel drive.

  • phugley1 Apr 15, 2009

    yes thankyou



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There is a neutral/park switch will need to be replaced
Neutral Safety Switch Operation:
I have a 92 awd - 00218_neutral_safety_switch.jpgAn electrical switch used on vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions to open the starter control circuit when the transmission shift selector is in any neutral start switch. How To Instructions:
Test - Give it an in-depth diagnosis.
Service - Do the jobs that fix your car.
Replace - Out with the old, in with the new.

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    Nate Stansfield Apr 15, 2009

    If this switch is bad the starter wont turn.
    Check to make sure battery cable have excellent contact with starter, you can use an ohmeter to see if starter relay is good or not. If not you won't get no power to solenoid. You can use a voltmeter to see if you are getting power to solenoid.

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    Nate Stansfield Apr 15, 2009

    The circuit on newer cars with automatic transmissions has a neutral
    safety, or neutral start switch installed between the ignition switch
    and the starter. The ignition switch cannot operate the starter motor
    unless the transmission is in park or neutral.

    Late model vehicles with manual transmissions have a starter/clutch
    interlock switch that requires the clutch to be depressed to the floor.

    Neutral Safety Switch

    Normal operations of a neutral safety switch provides a quick check for the adjustment of the gear selector linkage.

    • To do this, move the selector slowly until it clicks into the PARK position.

    • Turn the ignition key to the START position.

    • If the starter operates, the PARK position is correct.

    • After checking the PARK position, move the lever slowly toward the
      NEUTRAL position until the lever drops at the end of the NEUTRAL stop
      in the selector gate.

    • If the starter also operates at this point, the gearshift linkage is properly adjusted.

    • This quick test also tests the adjustment of the neutral safety switch.

    • If the engine does not start in either or both of these positions,
      the neutral safety switch or the gear selector linkage needs adjustment
      or repair.
    A voltmeter can be used to check the switch for voltage when the
    ignition key is turned to the START position with the shift lever in
    PARK or NEUTRAL. If there is no voltage, the switch should be adjusted
    or replaced.

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    Nate Stansfield Apr 15, 2009

    Starter Repair Kit Operation:

    Starter repair kits are commonly used to replace internal starter parts. Kit contents will vary according to manufacturer.

    How To Instructions:

    - Check for obvious problems.

    - Give it an in-depth diagnosis.

    - Do the jobs that fix your car.

    - Out with the old, in with the new

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Apr 15, 2009

    I got all this information on
    It is a FREE online repair manual and free registration


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Dear phugley1,

A quick diagnostic is of coarse circuit failer,check fuses,but i suspect from what you are having to do with shifter will be a relay switch within. Have tech remove and replace as needed. 17yrs wear and tear gotta repair.


Please rate a fix Ya .Thanks jj505

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