Q: Car not recognizing Park setting

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When turning the car off, the computer is not recognizing that the car is in park, so it will not let go of the key unless I disconnect a battery terminal. Starting it is no problem unless the terminal was left loose.

The vehicle is equipped with a park/neutral switch which is the device used for the vehicle to differentiate between park or neutral for starting the car or releasing the key. A fault here may be causing your concerns. I recommend having an experienced technician inspect the vehicle’s electrical system for a faulted component.

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