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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Neutral Safety Switch
Common signs include the engine not cranking in park or neutral, not cranking at all, or cranking in any gear.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Transmission Position Sensor (Switch)
Common signs include the car not starting or moving, transmission going into a different gear than selected, and the vehicle going into limp mode.

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