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The car will start but will not shift into gear. The brakes have been giving us problems before this happened & the radiator has l leak. My husband simoly wants to "junk" it. I want to explore the diagnosis because it is paid for. The car has over 200k miles on it. Any sugestions? We really need this vehicle & can't afford a car payment. I am unemployed & my husband is heavy equipment operator but can't work when it rains. It's been raining for about a week now. Transmission fluid is ok. Please help us!

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  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2011

    Does your husband do all your vehicle repairs ?
    If not, then that accounts for all the problems
    You are doing break down,not preventative
    maintenance Brakes an issue you fix,radiator
    you repair or replace, and keep going



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check that the brake lights are working.
there is normally a safety system where the brakes must be pressed before you can shift out of neutral.
this is normally done from the brake light switch. if the brake light switch does not work then the car will not shift out of neutral.
check the brake light fuse first, then replace the switch if the fuses are ok. the switch is usually quite cheap and will either be a pressure switch fitted to the brake pipe, or more likely a switch connected to to the brake pedal itself, either just behind connected with a rod, or just above the pedal.
there are products to stop minor cooling system leaks. RADWELD or BARRS STOP LEAK are two readily available here. you just add them to the coolong system.
a larger leak or a hole in the radiator would mean replacing or a re-core on the radiator. both are cheaper than replacing the car.
please fell free to ask for more advice if you need

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