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Q: Transmission locked, and car won't start

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The transmission is locked, and my car won't start.

Hi. If your transmission is locked, and the car is unable to start, then there could be many possible problems. Anything ranging from a dead battery, to a faulty brake light switch can cause these types of symptoms. I would recommend having the vehicle’s electrical components properly diagnosed by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to ensure that the correct repairs are made.

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