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Due to injury a friend replaced automatic shift mechanism on 98 tahoe 4wd. When done wife drove it and parked. Went to drive and will not start. Shifted to neutral, but still won't start.

One thing I discovered was that I can move the shifter without the key in the ignition, which should not happen...

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You are right , it shouldn't shift out of park with out the key in the ignition lock cylinder or with out your foot on the brake pedal ! Now then , won't start how ? When you turn the key to start , the starter spins the engine or doesn't do anything ? Is the anti-theft on the dash flashing or on steady .

Posted on Dec 27, 2016

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    Michael Beecher Dec 28, 2016

    I have never seen a light for the security system, since I have owned the truck, but the stereo plays, power seats move, even without the car switched on, which never happened before, either...
    When I switch on the ignition, I can hear the radiator fan come on but the engine does not start, click nor anything... I am thinking that the shifter is in a gear other than Park or neutral and isn't moving...



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