Q: Transmission says its in gear and wont start or release the key.

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When i put the key in the ignition i get a message on the dash saying "move selector to p/n". No matter where i move the selector to it says the transmission is in "s1". Everything in the vehicle works fine but it will not start/crank and i have to manually release the key.

My car has 251000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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