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Hi sometimes my 2001 toyota corolla will not start. but jiggle the shifter around or in and out of park and it will start. I think its the selector switch. any suggestions on how to repair or override the switch?

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Sounds like the neutral safety switch. $200 rockauto.com. you might be able to remove it and clean it with contact cleaner.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

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    If you go to your library you can look for free. Just not sure of location of of neutral safety switch for your year of car. In the back of motor manual is wire diagrams you will find switch there. Also GEO Prism is the same car.
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