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Problems starting The vehicle must be placed into Neutral to start, once running seems to drive fine.

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Sounds like you have a bad ground fault switch( safty switch). if you move the shifter around slightly while in park and have someone turn the switch will it start? that would indicate a short or a misalignment. Be sure to keep you foot on the brake anf have the parking brake set while trouble shooting. let me know MrRodneyLong@gmail.com

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