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Our Kia Spectra was not ran for 2 weeks-when we went to turn on-the gear shift was extremely tight and we used force to move into reverse. We turned the engine off and then when we tried to restart-engine was dead. Battery is strong, but we are gettingnothing-Bob

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This is very common with these cars the shift shaft goes through the aluminum case below the neutral safety switch then is exposed 3 inches befofre it goes into the transmission to shift the case is supposed to be a guide this corrodes you need to use a silicone based lubricant to free it up. Have some one spray under the switch while you hold the brake (key on engine off) and move the shifter from park to first approximately 2 min or thirty times

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You may have bent theneutral safety switch, if this is automatic, it is in the console by shifter.

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