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Impala doesn't go into park

2001 Impala doesn't go into park, when I put it into park it registers as reverse & have to put gearshift in neutral position to start it with turning the key to the ACC setting . Tranny has already been rebuilt less than 2 years ago, I don't shift the car while it's still moving so I'm not sure why this has happened again. Is there a simple fix for this?

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I suspect that there is a simple fix.
Under the car.... at the point where the shift lever rod connects to the transmission shift lever(s)...... loosen the nut on the Park transmission shift lever... and place the lever all the way into the park position.... You can confirm by attempting to start the car....
Once you are sure that it is in "Park", you can tighten the shift lever nut....

Posted on Feb 02, 2010

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Test/Service/Replace

The circuit on newer cars with automatic transmissions has a neutral safety, or neutral start switch installed between the ignition switch and the starter. The ignition switch cannot operate the starter motor unless the transmission is in park or neutral.
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Neutral Safety Switch
Normal operations of a neutral safety switch provides a quick check for the adjustment of the gear selector linkage.
  • To do this, move the selector slowly until it clicks into the PARK position.
  • Turn the ignition key to the START position.
  • If the starter operates, the PARK position is correct.
  • After checking the PARK position, move the lever slowly toward the NEUTRAL position until the lever drops at the end of the NEUTRAL stop in the selector gate.
  • If the starter also operates at this point, the gearshift linkage is properly adjusted.
  • This quick test also tests the adjustment of the neutral safety switch.
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CAUTION
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.
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Check
1 The Park/Neutral/Back-up light switch
has a black colored insulator and is located
at the lower left hand side of the transaxle
near the oil pan. The switch inhibits starter
motor engagement unless the gearshift lever
is in the PARK or NEUTRAL position and
completes the back-up light circuit when the
gearshift lever is placed in REVERSE.
2 Prior to checking the switch, first make
sure the shift cable is adjusted properly (see
Section 4).
3 Raise the vehicle and support it securely
on jackstands. Extract the 2 push-in fasteners
and remove the transaxle splash shield.
4 Disconnect the electrical connector
from the Park/Neutral/Back-up light switch.
5 Using an ohmmeter, check for continuity
between the center terminal of the switch and
the switch body. Continuity should only be
present with the gearshift lever in PARK and
NEUTRAL. If continuity is detected with the
gearshift lever in any other position, replace
the switch.
6 Next, check for continuity between the
t wo outer terminals. Continuity should only
exist with the gearshift lever in the Reverse
position. Check the for continuity between
each of the outer terminals and the switch
body. No continuity should be present.
Replace the switch if it fails any of these
checks.
7 Install the transaxle splash shield and
secure it with the 2 push-in fasteners. Lower
the vehicle.
Replacement
Refer to illustration 6.10
8 Raise the vehicle and support it securely
on jackstands. Extract the 2 push-in fasteners
and remove the transaxle splash shield.
9 Working under the vehicle, disconnect
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Place a drain container under the transaxle as
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10 Unscrew the switch from the transaxle
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Discard the switch seal.
11 Look into the switch opening in the
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that the internal operating fingers are centered
in the switch opening.
12 Install the new switch and seal into the
transaxle and tighten the switch to the torque
li sted in this Chapter's Specification Section.
13 Recheck the switch operation (see
Steps 1 through 6).
14 Attach the switch electrical connector,
install the transaxle splash shield and lower
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15 Check the transaxle fluid level and add
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