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Old 09-05-2009, 11:06 AM
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Won't start in Park will start in Neutral??

My recently purchased 2002 Wrangler Sahara seems to have a problem with not starting when in Park but upon moving the shift lever to Neutral it will start.

Any idea what is wrong?

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Your shift lever cable is likely simply out of adjustment a tad. The cable length is adjusted where it passes through the bracket that secures it to the transmission on the driver's side. There is a locking clip that holds it in place, just release it and move the cable back or forth a notch which should take care of it. It's also possible the NSS (neutral safety switch) is bad but my bet would be on the cable length just having stretched a tad so it needs to be adjusted a notch tighter.

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Check the cable first.

If that doesn't help replace the neutral safety switch. Both quick fixes and common.
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Thanks for the help. The problem seems to have gone away. Go figger!!!
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Thanks for the help. The problem seems to have gone away. Go figger!!!
If it seems to have gone away then it probably is your neutral safety switch. It's just intermittently getting connection. Mine does the same thing, but doesn't bother me. having to start it in neutral instead of park keeps random aholes from starting it up and fawkin with it when we are camping.
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Any idea where the "neutral safety switch" might be located?

How difficult to replace?
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Any idea where the "neutral safety switch" might be located?

How difficult to replace?
Pretty much at the very rear of the transmission, next to where the torque converter lockup connector is located. On the driver's side. I can't say how difficult it is to replace as I haven't needed to replace mine yet. But if it starts in neutral and the Reverse light comes on, I am still betting the NSS switch is fine and the shifter cable is simply out of adjustent.
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Pretty much at the very rear of the transmission, next to where the torque converter lockup connector is located. On the driver's side. I can't say how difficult it is to replace as I haven't needed to replace mine yet. But if it starts in neutral and the Reverse light comes on, I am still betting the NSS switch is fine and the shifter cable is simply out of adjustent.
It's easy to change. Just unhook the connectors and change the switch.

Jerry now you are throwin variables in there that he hasn't even talked about. Shifter cables don't get out of whack like that just randomly.
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Jerry now you are throwin variables in there that he hasn't even talked about. Shifter cables don't get out of whack like that just randomly.
Sorry to resurrect such an old thread but someone just linked to it in another thread and I just saw the above response. Yes indeed shifter cables can get out of whack like that, they can stretch out of adjustment with age which throws the neutral safety switch off.

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