Q: My car will only start in neutral and not park. Will it continue to start in neutral. 2003 Suzuki Aero

asked by on January 24, 2017

car wont start in park, will start in neutral, can not take it to dealer for couple weeks, will neutral start go out also do you think

My car has 112000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Car is hard to start Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Hello. It sounds like your transmission position sensor is failing. This sensor sends a signal to the computer to let it know what gear the vehicle is put in and allows the vehicle to start in park and neutral. It sounds like the park part has failed. It should continue to start in neutral as long as it does not fail completely. If you want to have this taken care of, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to you to [diagnose why it will not start in park] https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/car-is-hard-to-start-inspection

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・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

Should I change my transmission fluid?

This may be a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission...

Changed throttle body assembly, now it won't start

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The problem might be with the crankshaft position sensor being effected by heat. This can be verified by measuring the resistance of the crankshaft sensor with a digital volt ohm meter (DVOM) and then...

A mechanic at sears auto center told me I had a oil pan leak. But i have not seen any oil leak from under my car. He recommende

Oil leaks should be repaired because leaking oil can damage external engine components such as rubber motor mounts. If you want the source of the oil leak identified and the repair estimated, simply request an oil leak diagnostic. Your vehicle...

Starting problems with white smoke from the tailpipe

Hi there. Typically when this engine does this, it is either because the timing chain and tensioner is failing, or it may have a more serious internal issue. The timing chain is by far the most common cause of this....

Replaced crankshaft position sensor, runs worse 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe

Hello - there are several possibilities for this kind of behavior. While it's possible the crank position sensor could fail in this fashion, fuel supply (as you first thought) is also a real possibility. A failed fuel pump relay will...

Stalling

Hi there. What you are describing is quite similar to a fuel restriction or a problem with an fuel to air ratio sensor or component. Some common parts that can cause this problem include clogged or dirty fuel injectors or...

I got a quote for $900+ to replace two thermostats, 2 hoses, and flush the radiator. Is there 2 thermostats? Is this kosher?

Hi there. Yes on the 2009 Jeep Patriot there are two thermostats. There is a thermostat for the main engine cooling system and a thermostat for the cylinder head cooling system. If you need assistance with changing out the thermostats,...

My car is sluggish and struggles going uphill.

Hello. If the engine revs up and the vehicle is not responding then it is usually caused by a slipping transmission. If it is just a power loss, then the issue may be a bad catalytic converter clogging the exhaust....

Car makes squeaking noise

Squeaks can drive you crazy. The problem is that any part in the suspension can squeak when the suspension is moved. There are ball joints, tie rods, control arm bushings, sway bar links and bushings, and struts making up the...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Suzuki Equator
While While the Equator is a truck very similar to others in its class – and is built on the same platform as the popular Nissan Frontier – it suffers from a lack of name recognition as well as the...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Suzuki SX4
The The 2012 Suzuki SX4 delivers all-wheel drive in a compact hatch, and provides plenty of space and features considering its ultra-low price tag. While there are plenty of updated options available in this vehicle class, the SX4 Crossover model...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara
When When we talk about Suzuki, the first thing that comes to mind is the company’s decision in 2012 to pull its automobile division out of the United States market. Still, some of their lineup offers desirable features, and the...