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Will only start in nuetral and only while jiggling gear lever

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  • tcpoland Sep 30, 2009

    replaced inhibitor switch twice still does same



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When did this problem first occur? I do not think that there is a problem. It is a type of protection mechanism. Your car will only start when it is in neutral position; this is to ensure that you do not accidentally crank the engine while in gear, which will result in a sudden ****.
Please elaborate what you mean by jiggling.
Waiting for your answer.

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You need to replace the nuetral safety switch, it is located on the outside of the trans or the column (if Column shift), we don't have this model in USA but I am a Ford deaker Tech and know the switch is the problem, it is the only thing that can cause this problem.

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