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2005 malibu with v6 engine. transmission dash indicator says it is in drive when transmission is in park, therefore the car does not start. the transmission will go through the gears but not register on the dash

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This sounds likea bad gear selector switch, also called the neutral safty switch. this is located on the trany where the shifter cable connects to trany selector shaft,check the connector to the switch heres a picture of it.2005 malibu with v6 engine.  transmission dash - johnjohn2_87.jpg

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