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Put truck in park and go back and it will not start

I have a 2000 F150 I put it park and go back to start and it will not start unless I hold up the gear selector on column. please help

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Sounds like a neutral safety switch is bad or needs adjusted. The switch prevents the truck from being started in gear....maybe try adjusting the shifter linkage at the transmission and see it that helps first.

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