Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Shifter cable

asked by on

Will loose shifter cable keep my truck from starting

My car has 72421 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Yes. The shifter cable moves the shift linkage on the transmission to select the proper gear needed. If the transmission is not shifting to park or neutral, then the neutral safety switch on the transmission will not let the starter get a crank signal from the ignition switch. If you would like to have a precise diagnosis for the starting issue, an expert from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect and address the problem.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I tried to crank it but it wont start and the lights dim when trying to crank it

Starting systems are typically very simple. For the most part, you will be concerned with the battery and the starter. It sounds like your battery is dead. I would first attempt to jump start it. If using another car...

Q: Are the wheel bearings in the 98 lincoln navigator pressed in?

Hello. We will be happy to answer your question. The wheel bearings on a Lincoln Navigator are pressed down but not pressed in in the fashion that you may think. They can be removed by hand but you will have...

Q: How do I replace the exterior lamp bulbs?

Sometimes, the Bulbs in the Exterior Lamps of your truck may need replacing. When replacing any Exterior Lamp Bulb, make sure you have the right bulb and the lights are turned off. From there, to replace the Exterior Lamp Bulbs....

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
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.