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Switch connected to gear shifter not adjusted or misalined.

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I have a 99 ford wind star,only starts in neutral,dont seem to go in park,it shifts gears fine can someone please tell me whats going on


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Hi, i have a hyundai santa fe 2000 auto. sometimes i cannot start the car and other times i can. If i put it into neutral it starts and today it was acting up again when i was driving in auto so i...


HI Sandra

First let me start with explaining what they mean by " the inhibitor switch" . This device is really called the neutral safety switch. It's called that because the function of this switch is to prevent the vehicle from being started while the shift lever is in drive, reverse or any of the lower gears. Meaning that the car can only be started while the shifter is in park or neutral. This is only a safety device. What your problem sounds like is that this switch is not positioned correctly. When the switch is in the right position it recognizes if the car is in park or neutral or in gear. if adjusted correctly (and it's only a matter of millimeters) the car starts in park or neutral. if it's out of position (which is what your problem sounds like it wont let the car start). All that needs to be done is to position the switch correctly. Of course there is always the outside chance that the switch itself if faulty, still this is far from a costly repair. Go to a transmission shop and tell them you need your safety neutral switch adjusted because the car will not start in park sometimes. This should cost you at the most $30. Unless the switch is bad, the of course it could be as much as $200 to replace. I hope this helps you.

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I HAVE A 1990 LS 400 WHEN TURNING KEY NO CRANKING AND HAVE GOOD BATTERY POWER. NO POWER TO STARTER WIRE ON STARTER SELINOD.WHAT CAN IT BE


It could be a bad ignition switch or bad starter wire from the starter switch, or the PNP is not adjusted correctly:

Here are instructions on how to remove and replace the PNP, but read over it to understand how to adjust:
Park/Neutral Safety Switch REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION ES300 1993-94 Models
  1. With the ignition switch in the LOCK position, disconnect the negative battery terminal. If equipped with an air bag system, wait at least 90 seconds or longer before performing any other work.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  3. Disconnect the Park/Neutral switch connector.
  4. Remove the clip from the shift control cable.
  5. Remove the nut and control cable.
  6. Remove the bolts and pull out the Park/Neutral switch. To install:
  7. Install the Park/Neutral switch and loosely install the bolts.
  8. Adjust the switch and torque the bolts to 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
  9. Install the control shaft lever.
  10. Install the control shaft cable and torque the nut to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm). Fig. 1: The transaxle control shaft lever has a nut and washer to retain it - 1993-94 ES300 54617.gif
    Fig. 2: Removing the Park/Neutral switch - 1993-94 ES300 54618.gif

  11. Install the clip to the shift control cable.
  12. Lower the vehicle.
  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
  14. Make sure the vehicle will start only in the PARK or NEUTRAL position.
1995-97 Models Fig. 3: Aligning the neutral base line and groove - 1995-97 ES300 293716.gif
Fig. 4: Park/Neutral switch removal and installation - GS300, LS400, SC300 and SC400 300569.gif
Fig. 5: Park/Neutral switch adjustment - GS300, LS400, SC300 and SC400 300571.gif
  1. With the ignition switch OFF, disconnect the battery cables, negative terminal first. Allow 90 seconds to elapse before performing any other work.
  2. Apply the parking brake fully and block the rear wheels.
  3. Disconnect the electrical connector from the Park/Neutral position switch.
  4. Remove the locknut and disconnect the control cable from the manual shift lever.
  5. Remove the clip from the holding the control cable to the bracket.
  6. Remove the nut, washer and the manual shift lever from the manual valve shaft.
  7. Using a flat bladed tool, bend the lock washer back away from the nut.
  8. Remove the nut and lock washer from the Park/Neutral switch.
  9. Remove the two bolts and the Park/Neutral position switch. To install:
  10. Install the Park/Neutral position switch to the manual valve shaft. Leave the two bolts loose at this time.
  11. Install the lock washer and nut. Torque the nut to 61 inch lbs. (7 Nm).
  12. Using a flat bladed tool, bend the lock washer over the nut to secure the nut in place.
  13. Adjust the Park/Neutral as follows:
    1. Install the manual shift lever to the Park/Neutral switch and set the shift lever to the neutral ( N) position.
    2. Align the groove and the neutral basic line on the Park/Neutral switch.
    3. Hold the Park/Neutral switch in this position and tighten the two bolts to 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
  14. Install the manual shift lever with washer and nut.
  15. Install the control cable to the manual shift lever and install the nut. Torque the nut to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
  16. Install the control cable to the bracket by installing the clip.
  17. Connect the electrical connector to the Park/Neutral switch.
  18. Lower the vehicle and check the vehicles shifting positions.
  19. Connect the negative battery cable to the battery.
  20. Verify that the vehicle only starts in PARK or NEUTRAL.
GS300, LS400, SC300 and SC400
  1. With the ignition switch OFF, disconnect the battery cables, negative terminal first. Allow 90 seconds to elapse before performing any other work.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  3. If necessary, remove the front exhaust pipe.
  4. Disconnect the neutral start switch connector.
  5. Remove the control shaft shift lever.
  6. Pry off the washer and remove the nut.
  7. Remove the bolt and pull out the neutral start switch. To install:
  8. Install the Park/Neutral switch and loosely install the bolt.
  9. Adjust the switch as follows:
    1. Loosen the neutral start switch bolt and place the shift lever in the N position.
    2. Align the groove and the neutral basic line.
    3. Hold in position and tighten the bolt to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).
  10. Install the nut and washer.
  11. Install the control shaft shift lever.
  12. Connect the electrical connector.
  13. Install the front exhaust pipe. Torque the front nuts to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm). Torque the pipe support bracket to bolts to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm). Torque the No. 2 front exhaust pipe to the front exhaust pipe bolts to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
  14. Lower the vehicle.
  15. Connect the negative battery cable to the battery.
  16. Verify that the vehicle will only start in the N or P positions.
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Maybe try to press the brake pedal and run the gear shift throughout the full range of gears while the car is on level ground, and retry the starter to see if there is a faulty PNP adjustment.

Try to start in Neutral not Park, and jiggle the gear shift back and forth to see if the PNP is not adjusted right.

Good luck on this repair.

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Can a 1998 4x4 S-10 blazer be dinghy towed?


Yes it can, just place your Transfer Case in Neutral position.
Shifting into NEUTRAL
To shift the transfer case to NEUTRAL do the following:

Make sure the vehicle is parked so that it will not roll.
Set the parking brake.
Start the vehicle or turn the ignition to RUN.
Connect the vehicle to the towing vehicle.
Put the transmission in NEUTRAL (N).
Shift the transfer case to 2HI.
Simultaneously press and hold the 2HI and 4LO buttons for 10 seconds. The red NEUTRAL light will come on when the transfer case shift to NEUTRAL is complete.
Shift the transmission to REVERSE (R) for one second, then shift the transmission to DRIVE (D) for one second, or FIRST (1) for vehicles equipped with a manual transmission.
Turn the ignition to LOCK.
Place the transmission shift lever in PARK (P), or FIRST (1) for vehicles with a manual transmission.
Release the parking brake prior to towing.

Shifting Out of NEUTRAL
To shift out of NEUTRAL:

Set the parking brake and apply the regular brake pedal.
Shift the transmission to NEUTRAL (N) and turn the ignition to RUN with the engine off.
Press the button for the desired transfer case shift position (2HI, 4HI, AUTO 4WD or 4LO).
After the transfer case has shifted out of NEUTRAL the red light will go out.
Release the parking brake.
You may start the engine and shift the transmission to the desired position.
Excessively shifting the transfer case into or out of the different modes may cause the transfer case to enter the shift protection mode. This will protect the transfer case from possible damage and will only allow the transfer case to respond to one shift per 10 seconds. The transfer case may stay in this mode for up to three minutes.

NEUTRAL: Shift the vehicle's transfer case to NEUTRAL only when towing your vehicle.
Good luck and hope this answers your question.

Jan 30, 2010 | 1998 Chevrolet Blazer

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I CAN NOT SHIFT THR TRANS INTO NUTRAL SO I CAN TOW IT BEHIND MY MOTOR HOME. IT WILL SHIFT INTO 2H, 4H, 4L


Shifting to NEUTRAL
To shift the transfer case to NEUTRAL, first make sure
the vehicle is parked so that it will not roll:
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Start the vehicle.
3. Connect the vehicle to the towing vehicle.
4. Put the transmission in NEUTRAL (N) or have
the clutch pedal pressed for vehicles with
manual transmission.
5. Shift the transfer case to 2HI.
6. Simultaneously press and hold the 2HI and
4LO buttons for 10 seconds. The red NEUTRAL
light will come on when the transfer case shift to
NEUTRAL is complete.
7. Shift the transmission to REVERSE (R) for one
second, then shift the transmission to DRIVE (D)
for one second or FIRST (1) for vehicles with
manual transmission.
8. Turn the ignition to OFF.
9. Place the transmission shift lever in PARK (P) or
FIRST (1) for vehicles with manual transmission.
10. Release the parking brake prior to towing.

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Shifting Out of NEUTRAL
To shift out of NEUTRAL:
1. Set the parking brake and apply the regular
brake pedal.
2. Start the vehicle with the transmission in PARK (P)
or FIRST (1) for vehicles with manual transmission.
3. Press the button for the desired transfer case position
(2HI, 4HI, AUTO 4WD or 4LO).
4. Put the transmission in NEUTRAL (N) or press the
clutch pedal for vehicles with manual transmission.
5. Shift the transmission lever to the desired position.
After the transfer case has shifted out of NEUTRAL,
the red light will go out.
6. A re-engagement sound is normal when shifting out
of NEUTRAL.

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The van will not start but without the key on the auto relay is buzzing. the van did start once but cut off. it only started after jamming the shift lever up into the park position.


Sounds like the safety nuetral switch its located on the trans mission and will only allow the vehicle to be started in park or nuetral position but if its gone bad or out of adjustment your vehicle will never start. Look under the hood on the top of the transmission assuming its front wheel drive where the shift linkage attatches to the transmission there will be an electronic part there with a wire connector that should be the one. I f its rear wheel drive then its under the vehicle generally on the drivers side of the tronamission.

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