Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't start while parked with a brake on/off but would in neutral

asked by on

The car won't start half the time when parked with a parking brake on and off, but it would start in neutral. Every time it happens, at home, the gas station, grocery store. What is causing this?

A: Yes, that's an easy fix. Your neutral s...

Yes, that's an easy fix. Your neutral safety switch went bad on an automatic transmission. You can just go buy one at any auto parts store that sells them. This isn't the hardest job. It's just a couple of screws to take off while the vehicle is jacked up. Just unplug the wiring and put it back and then table it back on. If you are not comfortable doing this, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to replace your neutral safety switch for you so that you can get back on the road.

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: dim message center

If the message center is dim and that is all, it is likely that the message center itself is failing. I would recommend having the message center inspected by a qualified professional to determine if it has power going to...

Q: when I put my car in drive it won't go but when I put it in low gear and up the RPM its will slowly take off then I have to shift

Hello. The transmission malfunctions you are experiencing can be caused by a wide variety of issues. A few common causes for improper shifting behavior are low or contaminated transmission fluid, transmission sensor issues, or a worn transmission. The first thing...

Q: Speedometer cluster lights malfunction

Hello. When this happens it usually means that the bulbs for drive and park have burnt out and need to be replaced. In some cases the entire strip lights have to be replaced to fix the ones that have burnt...

Related articles

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.