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My 2001 porsche boxter S 3.2 will not start in park, but will start normally in neutral, does anyone know why? (it's an automatic)

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  • seamless88 Aug 01, 2009

    Thank you for taking the time to reply, do you think it would be expensive to put right and will it do any damage if I don't correct the fault?

  • seamless88 Aug 02, 2009

    Thank you once again for taking the time to reply to my messages, it's very much appreciated and your expertise far out weighs mine in this area.

    Kind regards,




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1.Shifter linkage could be out of adjustment, and not allowing the Neutral safety switch to be bypassed, when in the Park position.

The shift linkage, could move the arm of the neutral safety switch far enough, to bypass it when the shifter is in Neutral, but not far enough when the shifter is in Park.

2.Perhaps the Neutral safety switch is bad, or has come loose on it's mount, and is out of position.

Posted on Aug 01, 2009

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    joecoolvette Aug 02, 2009

    Additional comment:
    Do I think it will be expensive to put right?

    To start with, I found my solution had slightly erroneous information. The neutral safety switch, is located on the transmission selector shaft. In my mind I was thinking of a much older model of Porsche, and it's use of shift linkage, with rods. Your Porsche has a cable from the shifter to the transmission. For this erroneous information, I apologize.

    Your Porsche neutral safety switch, can be adjusted by loosening two small bolts. The setup is very similar to that used on domestic cars.
    The neutral safety switch is mounted on a small metal plate, with has two 'Ears' on it. The mounting bolts go down through these 'ears'. One ear has a small slot which allows the mounting plate, and neutral safety switch to be adjusted, one way or the other.

    This is an example of the Neutral Safety Switch,
    (As you can see it is a little 'Pricey'!)

    Click on Zoom near the photo. You can now see these 'Ears' that I referred to, and the ear closest to you has the slot.
    The mounting plate pivots by loosening the bolts, and turning it one way or the other. The mechanism that moves inside the neutral safety switch, is moved by a lever on the far side of the switch, that is shown in the photo.
    Viewing this mechanism's lever in the photo is difficult.

    Moving the mounting plate TOWARDS the cable, while the transmission is in park, may correct your problem. It may just be that those mounting bolts are loose, which allowed the mounting plate for the neutral safety switch to move.

    It may be a bad Neutral Safety Switch.
    Will it harm anything, to just use the neutral position of the transmission to start the car? Depends on your perspective.
    1.Could the car roll while in neutral, and trying to start the car? What if the parking brake isn't applied? This could turn into a serious safety issue.
    2.Is this an indication that the Neutral Safety Switch is on it's way out? First it will not work in Park, will Neutral be next?

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Aug 02, 2009

    "The neutral safety switch is mounted on a small metal plate, with has two 'Ears' on it."
    Should read;
    "The neutral safety switch is mounted on a small metal plate, WHICH has two 'Ears' on it."



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