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no start due to auto shifter?

my truck doesnt seem to start at times, and getting worse. If I push the auto shifter up so the indicator shows more in the "P" it will start. Im guessing I need to fix this prior to it not working any more when I wiggle the shifter.

Is it the auto shifter or the key switch?
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Is your shifter getting sloppy? There are 2 torx screws that hold the shifter cable arm on that tend to back out, causing a loose shifter, and one of the symtems is the starting issue you seem to have. I had the same issue with my work van last summer, go so bad it wouldn't get the trans into park, letting the van roll away... got my attention quick!

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its a little sloppy. Ill have to check it out. Assume I have to go through the plastic cover to get to the screws?
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Look up, above the brake pedal, where the Shift Tube transitions to the cable ("L" shaped bracket). THAT has the two screws that go into the tube and holds it there.
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Look for the two gold torx screws... Most of us here have had the same issue at some point. I know I have.

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Mine was doing the same thing. I adjusted the white box on the transmission. You can also put it in neutral to start it. My biggest problem was getting it to lock in park i had to slightly roll and push it into park.
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Re: no start due to auto shifter?

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Look up, above the brake pedal, where the Shift Tube transitions to the cable ("L" shaped bracket). THAT has the two screws that go into the tube and holds it there.
Yeah... lay on the floor... hit your head on the brake and throttle pedals... flashlight in one hand... small torx bit on 1/4" drive extention/ratchet in your other... hold a small mirror with your 3rd hand cause you cant see ANYTHING up there with your eyes alone... wiggle the shifter with your 4th hand so you can see what kinds moves and needs tightened up.

Ok so it isnt really that bad... but you get the idea.


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Yea my bro in laws had got so bad that one torx bolt was mia! He had the same problem with park and it also made the OD off light flash and seting codes. i put a new bolt in it and cleared the codes and has been fine for over 20k miles now. Funny thing is he kept driving it like that till his rolled off one day too, then it dawned on him i should get that looked at! and they wonder why i dont claim my in laws

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Yeah... lay on the floor... hit your head on the brake and throttle pedals... flashlight in one hand... small torx bit on 1/4" drive extention/ratchet in your other... hold a small mirror with your 3rd hand cause you cant see ANYTHING up there with your eyes alone... wiggle the shifter with your 4th hand so you can see what kinds moves and needs tightened up.

Ok so it isnt really that bad... but you get the idea.
Hehehe... Yea, that's it (only I put the flashlight in my mouth)
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Re: no start due to auto shifter?

Mine was the same way. I spent @ $60 and rebuilt the entire shifter. It works so much better now

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