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98 vw jetta 2.0 a/t no crank-fault code for neutral safety-turn key on prndl goes to d

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Multifunction switch on g/box faulty or selector cable incorrectly adjusted at g/box.

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Prndl error on message center on my 2003 ford expedition. It won't turnover, start or crank. I hear a clicking noise in fuse box when I turn the key...HELP PLEASE...


Hello Shanique Reddick,

I had to star at your PRNDL word for a second
before I realized ... that is your
AUTOMATIC SHIFT Sequence letters...
PARK, REVERSE, NEUTRAL, DRIVE... LOW.

I'd be wiggling the neutral safety switch around to see if there were any response there...

Do be VERY CAUTIOUS... if INDEED your
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How to bypass prndl sensor


Which part of ignition switch did you replace ? The key an lock cylinder or the electrical part behind the lock cylinder ? What year ,make an model vehicle do you have ? Most all newer vehicles from 1996 on have anti-theft systems . Is there a security light lit on your dash ? These same vehicles have a starter relay in the under hood fuse box that is turned on or energized by the PCM/ECM - engine computer . The switch the mechanic told you about is the transmission range selector or park neutral safety switch. Your best bet , rather then replacing parts is to take it to a ASE certified repair facility .

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What is wrong with my vw jetta it wont start but the battey is good?


If you mean it won't crank, have you checked the neutral safety switch or clutch pedal switch ?

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Key wont crank engine but crossing the starter it will crank


best post ever, for this failure. you win a prize !
that means the KEY line is dead.
that tiny wire on solenoid is a KEY line.
and can be interupted many a way
the car has autotmatic, the PRNDL switch failure. (try cranking in neutral)
i dont think any 91 has anyd immobilizers but some have alarms that cut this line.
i looked at your schematic. (no engine stated)
but the one engine has the very odd starter solenoid.
4 lugs, not 3 like normal
the key switch powers one side of solenoid coil
and the clutch or PRNDL switch grounds the other side. brown-yellow wire. if the PRNDL is bad, park or N location its bad.
try neutral and wiggle the shifter in both spots all A/T cars.





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Starter will not engage


check all fuses. there are many for this circuit.
fuse 2 and 20 must be good.

no ! this is not and ASD function.
the starter is totally independent, (the EFI does not run the starter)

my wild guess is this as A/T slush pump car.
so as such has the PRNDL switch.
even IMMO unhappy allows cranking but cuts fuel and spark. via ASD

the Key switch sends 12vdc to the PRNDL
you try park or neutral.
you wiggle it, omg it cranks. PRNDL death deal (1million served)
this car has a starter RELAY, simple
12v to 2 pins, key on.
the PRNDL grounds the coil the relay closes, and the output 12v
goes to the starter solenoid.
there is no need to guess the FSM is here, read starting and schematics. bingo
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/knowledge-base/index.htm?utm_source=cj#service

see 8w-21-1 , the simple path there.

if the fuses are good
and you have 12vdc across the relay coil the PRNDL is good.
if the 12v is missing the PRNDL is bad.
assumes the ground to the PRNDL i good.

see 8 ways to crank here ,tricks, M/T rule on cranks....2 ways.
http://www.fixkick.com/nocrank.html#tricks

i just hot wire the starter solenoid and that cuts the problem in half
at the get go.... no fiddling about.
it already failed jump starts. and battery is good and charged, so..
hot wire it. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, ok starter is good.
but key line is dead.. 1/2 the work is gone. fail path know.

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2002 VW Beetle diesel automatic


all cars have starter lock outs.
all. ( cept 1929 Ford A)
there are 2 locks, park lock out
and starter lock.
all A/T have a PRNDL switch that cuts the starter, in any gear.
so you dont run over muffy.
this is called the KEY line or ST or start line.
its very simple, in gear the KEY line is dead open
try cranking in Neutral with fresh contacts.
if the line has 12v cranking on forward side of switch and 0v
out the switch its bad, or your not really in P/N.
simple to a fault. its just a switch.

you hot wire the starter and it cranks, (ask)
this proves the starter works.
so the key line is dead.
The FSM covers this, as does how to calibrate the shift linkage


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I have a 96 vw jetta and i cannot find the safety neutral switch


My 98 Golf (manual trans) doesn't start during hot weather; are you possiibly talking about what is also referred to as the 'clutch switch'? (makes it so clutch pedal must be pushed in to start car) If so, I understand it's under the clutch pedal... looking to purchase switch now, so this is about all I know for now. Hope this helps...

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2002 vw jetta vr6 no start no crank, but able to pop start


Start by checking the switch above the clutch pedal ... I have seen where they come loose, brake or move and when you push in the clutch it doesn't engage the safety switch all the way.

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96 jetta gl buddy put in a 95 transmission....won't start in park


the neutral safety switch is probably faulty the radio says safety because the wrong code was entered 3 time key needs to be on for 3 hours hook up battery charger check engine light may be code for trans issue

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