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1993 dodge shadow sometimes shifter lever will not go into park. have to play with it back to neutral and then park. is this a major repair

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Shifter is erratic. wont start in park. drives forward when shifted to reverse, sometimes drives forward when in park. sometimes reverse is neutral (which is good so it will start!!!) what is going on???


It sounds like the linkage at the transmission has come loose. Have someone get inside and move the shift lever from gear to gear so you can see where the linkage is on your transmission. You'll have to climb under ypou truck to see this, on the drivers side. check to see that all the bolts are tight. Your switch that allows you truck to start in Park or Neutral is located there.

Oct 25, 2012 | Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Cars & Trucks

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What is a neutral safety switch?


The Neutral Safety switch monitors the position of your gear selector lever and either interrupts or allows the starting circuit in your car or truck to do its job. On newer vehicles it may also monitor the position of the brake pedal to make sure that the vehicle is in park or neutral AND that your foot is on the brake.

If your vehicle is equipped with a neutral safety switch, it should NOT start UNLESS the transmission is in Neutral or Park. On the other hand your vehicle SHOULD start when it is in Neutral or Park. If your car will start in Neutral but not in Park, you have a bad switch. Also, if your car or truck will only start by turning the key to the start position and wiggling the gear selector lever, your neutral safty switch is in need of replacement.

The nuetral safety switch is usually found near the gear shifter. If your car has the gear shift on the column, then the neutral safety switch is usully mounted on the steering column near the brake pedal. On floor mount or console mount vehicles you will find the nuetral safety switch mounted near or on the shifter mechanism.

Oct 24, 2012 | 1993 Cadillac DeVille

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Where is neutral safety switch located on a 97 dodge intrepid? How do you get to it? I took it to a mechanic but he seems to have trouble locating it.


It is usually located at the bottom of the shifter attached to the shifter rod. It senses when the lever is in park or neutral to let you start the car.

May 10, 2011 | 1997 Dodge Intrepid

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In order to start my 2001 dodge stratus i need to put in reverse then park to start it whats wrong??


sounds like the park neutral switch on the shifter is out of adjustment.

Mar 13, 2011 | 2001 Dodge Stratus

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Daughter's Dodge sedan would not switch gears this a.m., i.e., from Park to Drive. Suggestions?


There is a small pink plastic lever that is broken internally in the shifter housing. It's possible to remove the bezel and actuate the lever. You have to have the brake depressed and key in the run position while off. Press the lever toward the front of the car. It's on the passengers side near the section of the selector while in park. While I waited for my parts to come in to repair it I lefty car in neutral with the parking brake engaged. A quick google search on dodge charger aftermarket shifter repair may bring up the site I ordered my aluminum shift repair kit from. Under $80 whereas the dealer wanted well over $200 to repair it with the cheap plastic that failed in the first place.

Oct 19, 2010 | 2006 Dodge Charger

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How to replace neutral saftey switch on a 1980 cadillac deville?


Use like reference guide for GM Cadillac 1967-1989 Repair Guide Neutral Safety Switch - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

All Except 1985-89 Eldorado and Seville
See Figure 1
The neutral safety switch prevents the engine from being started in any transmission position except Neutral or Park. The switch is located on the upper side of the steering column under the instrument panel on column shift cars, and inside the shift console on floor shift models.
  1. Remove the console for access on floor shift models.
  2. Disconnect the electrical connectors.
  3. Remove the neutral switch.

To install:
  1. Place 1967-70 column shift lever models in Drive, and 1971 and later models in neutral. Locate the lever tang against the transmission selector plate on column shift models.
  2. Align the slot in the contact support with the hole in the switch. Insert a 3 / 32 in. (2.38mm) diameter pin in place. The switch is now aligned in Drive position.

1973 and later neutral safety switches have a shear-pin installed to aid in proper switch alignment so that insertion of a pin is unnecessary. Moving the shift lever from Neutral shears the pin.
  1. Place the contact support drive slot over the drive tang. Install the switch mounting screws.
  2. Remove the aligning pin. Connect the electrical wiring, and replace the console.
  3. Set the parking brake and hold your foot on the service brake pedal. Check to see that the engine will start only in Park or Neutral.
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Fig. 1: Installation of a common neutral safety switch



ADJUSTMENT
See Figure 2
1974 and later cars do not have a neutral safety switch. Instead, these cars have an interlock between the lock and the transmission selector, which is non-adjustable.
  1. Place the shift lever in Neutral.
  2. Move the switch until you can insert a gauge pin, 3 / 32 in. (2.38mm) diameter, into the hole in the switch and through to the alignment hole.
  3. Loosen the switch securing screws. Remove the console first, if necessary.
  4. Tighten the screws and remove the pin.
  5. Step on the brake pedal and check to see that the engine will only start in Neutral or Park.
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Fig. 2: Adjustment of a common neutral safety switch


1985-89 Eldorado and Seville
See Figure 3

All neutral safety/back-up light switches come with a small plastic alignment pin installed. Leave this pin in place.
  1. Place the shifter assembly in the Neutral position.
  2. Remove the shifter lever-to-switch nut and the lever.
  3. Disconnect the electrical connector from the neutral safety/back-up light switch.
  4. Remove the neutral safety/back-up light switch-to-transaxle bolts and the switch from the vehicle.

To install:
  1. Position the shifter shaft in the Neutral position.

If using an old switch or the plastic pin (new switch) is broken, install a3/32in. (2.38mm) diameter pin gauge (drill bit) into the neutral safety/back-up light switch; the switch is then locked into its Neutral position.
  1. Align the flats of the shifter shaft and the neutral safety/back-up light, then, align the switch-to-tang on the transaxle. Torque the switch-to-transaxle bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm). Remove the pin gauge.
  2. To complete installation, reverse the removal procedures. Make sure that the engine starts only in the Park and Neutral positions.
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Fig. 3: Neutral start and back-up lamp switch - 1985-89 Eldorado and Seville

Hope help with this (remember rated and comment this). Good luck.

Mar 21, 2010 | 1980 Cadillac Deville

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Car is stuck in park


Either brake switch or park/neutral safety switch is bad.

Sep 12, 2009 | 2008 Dodge Avenger

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Have to push and hold shifter in park to start engine whats wrong


The shifter has a switch called a nuteral safety .
The switch is located in the shifter itself.
You should change the shifter out , or have it check out at the local transmission shop .

Apr 11, 2009 | 1993 Dodge Shadow

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