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Q: Stalls/Dies only in reverse - 1991 Dodge Dakota

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The truck will start up and drive just fine. Works in all gears except REVERSE. It will just die. I have tried giving it gas but it still dies. I checked all the sensors that i could get to and connectors. I am out of ideas!

My car has 288000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hey there, thanks for writing in. You’ll need to check that the shifter linkage has not rubbed against any wires causing a short. If they are fine, your most likely culprit may be the neutral safety switch. To pinpoint the problem, consider having a certified mobile technician from YourMechanic come to your car’s location to diagnose the stalling issue and guide you through appropriate repairs.

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