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When in park car will not start / placed in neutral car starts fi

2000 Caravan 134,000 runs great, move shift lever into neutral and back into park sometimes car will start, but always starts when in neutral.Is there a switch in the column or on the transmission that is replaceable, limited knowledge of mechanical expirienvce any help is greatly appreciated.
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It screws into the transmission.
$11.99 at Auto Zone.
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  • corsair42 May 15, 2010

    What is this part called ?

  • James Milzheimer
    James Milzheimer May 15, 2010

    Nuetral Safety Switch. Unscrews from the transmission.

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That could be a lot of things. This problem means that the transmission doesn't know that the car is in park, so a stretched shift cable could be the problem. Worn bushings for the shift cable are very common problems to. Or it could be the switch that this cable goes to on top of the transmission. Most likely is going to be a worn bushing.

Posted on May 15, 2010

  • corsair42 May 15, 2010

    How difficult is this to treplace?

  • Thiago Omena
    Thiago Omena May 16, 2010

    It might be a little difficult if you have never done this. specially because this is a mini van, and everything in the engine compartment is pretty tight. But it involves removing the air box for the engine, and you should be able to see it down there.

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Here are instructions on how to remove and replace the PNP, but read over it to understand how to adjust:
Park/Neutral Safety Switch REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION ES300 1993-94 Models
  1. With the ignition switch in the LOCK position, disconnect the negative battery terminal. If equipped with an air bag system, wait at least 90 seconds or longer before performing any other work.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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    Fig. 2: Removing the Park/Neutral switch - 1993-94 ES300 54618.gif

  11. Install the clip to the shift control cable.
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  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
  14. Make sure the vehicle will start only in the PARK or NEUTRAL position.
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Fig. 4: Park/Neutral switch removal and installation - GS300, LS400, SC300 and SC400 300569.gif
Fig. 5: Park/Neutral switch adjustment - GS300, LS400, SC300 and SC400 300571.gif
  1. With the ignition switch OFF, disconnect the battery cables, negative terminal first. Allow 90 seconds to elapse before performing any other work.
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  3. Disconnect the electrical connector from the Park/Neutral position switch.
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  5. Remove the clip from the holding the control cable to the bracket.
  6. Remove the nut, washer and the manual shift lever from the manual valve shaft.
  7. Using a flat bladed tool, bend the lock washer back away from the nut.
  8. Remove the nut and lock washer from the Park/Neutral switch.
  9. Remove the two bolts and the Park/Neutral position switch. To install:
  10. Install the Park/Neutral position switch to the manual valve shaft. Leave the two bolts loose at this time.
  11. Install the lock washer and nut. Torque the nut to 61 inch lbs. (7 Nm).
  12. Using a flat bladed tool, bend the lock washer over the nut to secure the nut in place.
  13. Adjust the Park/Neutral as follows:
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See Figure 1
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Fig. 1: Installation of a common neutral safety switch



ADJUSTMENT
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1974 and later cars do not have a neutral safety switch. Instead, these cars have an interlock between the lock and the transmission selector, which is non-adjustable.
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Fig. 2: Adjustment of a common neutral safety switch


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See Figure 3

All neutral safety/back-up light switches come with a small plastic alignment pin installed. Leave this pin in place.
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  4. Remove the neutral safety/back-up light switch-to-transaxle bolts and the switch from the vehicle.

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Foot on brake

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Start engine

Put lever back to Park "P" to warm up the truck.

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If it start from neutral and not park then you will need a neutral safety switch.


Please rate my answer if it's helpful to you.

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