Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car will not start when in park

asked by on

My car will not start when it's in park, only neutral. I did a search online that said that the issue lies in the neutral safety switch. Is this something I can fix on my own? Could it be anything else?

The transmission has a position sensor that will tell the computer what gear you are in and when you are in park or neutral to allow you to crank the engine. If the switch is out of adjustment or not making internal contact, it will not allow the engine to crank or the transmission will not shift correctly. It will be best to have a mechanic repair it for you and adjust it properly so you will not have any further issues. A certified mechanic from YourMechanic can provide this service at your home or office.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car will not start when in park

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: when I start driving and let off of the gas for the first time I hear a clunk from the right front end. Not on bumps or turns

Hi there. The symptoms you're describing may be contributed to worn out stabilizer bar bushings. These parts are designed to redistribute the weight of the vehicle to help prevent rollovers, and to enhance handling. When the bushing wears out, it...

Q: Swapped transmission and installed new clutch kit now car wont start.

Hi there. Check the crankshaft position sensor and see if it is unplugged. If the crankshaft position sensor is not plugged in to the harness, then the sensor will keep the engine from starting. A camshaft position sensor will try...

Q: Windows get off track

Hello. For a proper diagnosis, the door panel on the front door will have to be removed. With the door panels removed, the regulator and track will be visible, allowing the mechanic to see what's worn. You may need the...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...