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Car shifter I can't move the shifter from park to drive after starting car and foot is on the brake. I also have no brake lights. On occasion I have had a problem with being unable to start my car and it seemed it was related to the shifter not being in the right spot to make contact. After moving the shifter back and forth between D and P, I was finally able to get the car to start. I am not sure if the above is related to the problem I am having now.

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    My nissan titan will not start until shifter is moved.

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It is a fuse or a relay for your brake lights . it is a safety pin to protect kids from putting it in gear while it is running check all fuses and relays for your brake lights and the locations should be in your owners guide book if u need that i have one

second thing is your neutral safety switch it is located on the side of your transmission

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There is a accurator on the brake pedel with 2 wires the accurator assembley has a spring in it so you can know what your looking at has a hair pin in the post to hold it on this controls the break lights and the release for the shifter.hope this helps you,just replace it!

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