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Can't get car out of park

2001 Toyota Avalon center console appears to have a linkage problem thought at first it was the neutral safety switch but now it appears to be some kind of linkage problem it first started with a no start problem moved the shifter back and forth and the it started now the problem has gotten worst now once I get it into park I can not get it out without working the shifter back and forth.

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Sounds like you answered your own question.

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SOURCE: 2001 toyota sequoia- car won't start on park.. but

sounds like park safety switch,there are 2 switches 1 neutral and 1 park, if it starts in neutral,it is working,if in park,and does not start usually means bad switch or wire off.

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SOURCE: My car will not start

sounds like neutral safety switch

Posted on Apr 23, 2011

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