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When I turn the key I get a click, if I play with the gear shift it eventually will turn over when I get the gear shift lever in exactly the right place. 1997 Dodge Caravan

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On the transmission front left corner there is a neutral safety switch and if its worn or sometimes it may even just need cleaning on the inside. im sure that is the problem. i replaced mine and it works great. that safety switch is designed to only let it start in park or neutral. its an easy fix, need a big wrench the size of the switch nut , unplug it and screw it out , dont even need to drain any fluid. :)

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Neutral safety switch needs to be replaced,

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