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Were you in any recent accidents? Sometime if the car gets hit, the gear selector is out of line so to speak and even though it looks like it's in park ort neutral it's actually in the gear either before or after. Sometimes even two gfears off or more. I had that happen to me with a Dodge Diplomat in 1979. The damned thing looked like it was in Park but it was in Reverse so it wouldn't start. I knew I had to have a new tranny cuz the nice folks that stole it must have beaten the hell outta it by shifting from reverse to drive too fast or whatever one does when one steals a car. Don't know enough to change my own transmission--especially back then so I brought it o AAMCO. If you recall, they're the guys who do nothing but transmissions. Anyways, I explained about the gear selector and the neutral safety switch and that they'd need to put it in a different spot to start it. The fellow said he understood and sure ebnough, the n ext day I get a call that they have to have it loked at by the guys next door ( (regular mechanics) because the car won't start and they don't know why. So, I told them once again about the neutral safety switch, and I finally got my tranny fixed. Jeeze!
Other than that, the only other things it could be (that I can think of) are the battery or the starter.
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Mar 30, 2017 | Cars & Trucks
The automatic transmission shift lock control switch.
The park/neutral position switch.
With the ignition in the ON position, battery positive voltage is supplied to the park/neutral position switch. When the transmission is in the PARK position the contacts in the park/neutral position switch are closed. This allows current to flow through the switch to the automatic transmission shift lock control switch. The circuit continues through the normally-closed switch to the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid. The automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid is permanently grounded. This energizes the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid, locking the shift linkage in the PARK position. When the driver presses the brake pedal the contacts in the automatic transmission shift lock control switch open, causing the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid to release. This allows the shift lever to move from the PARK position.
Park Lock Solenoid
The park lock solenoid is a safety device that prevents an inadvertent shift out of PARK when the key is in the OFF position. The key must be in the RUN position to release the park lock solenoid. The system consists of the park lock solenoid. With the ignition in the ON position, voltage is supplied to the park lock solenoid. The park lock solenoid energizes through a permanent ground unlocking the shift lever. With the ignition in the OFF or ACCY position the park lock solenoid de-energizes and locks the shift lever in the park position.
Shift Lever Does Not Move with Brake Pedal Depressed
DEFINITION: Transmission shift lever will not move out of the PARK position with the ignition ON and the brake pedal pressed.
Did you perform the Symptoms - Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control tests and all the necessary inspection?
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Since you must work under the vehicle to adjust most shift linkages make sure you properly raise and support the vehicle before working under it. Also, wear safety glasses or goggles while working under the vehicle.
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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