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1996 ford f-150 truck

Truck starts sometimes . turn key sometimes seems like battery .
new battery , new relay . also when shifting from park to neutral
truck starts sometimes i shift and nothing happens

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Try checking you Park/Neutral safety switch. if that's faulty it will do exactly what you are saying and while you're at it test the ignition switch but i'm leaning towards the safety switch

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