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Old 03-23-2013, 08:17 AM
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occasionally won't start in Park

just got my truck ('02 7.3 f350) and twice now it refuses to start.

no cranking, just dead silence.

i shifted to neutral and she started right up.

anyone ever seen this?

shifter switch or something?

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steve
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:34 AM
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No at All uncommon...

While it may be the NSSW (NeutralSafetySwitch) itself, located on the transmissions input shaft, it's more likely a problem with the linkage. Look UP, Above the Brake Pedal, where the Shift Tube (going up the column to the shifter) makes it's transition to the Shift Cable (that goes to the Trans).

There you'll find an "L" bracket at the end of that tube. It is held to the tube with two Torx Bolts that come loose. This gives you excessive slop in the linkage (there are other slop areas, but this is the easiest one to fix ) and throws-off the "P" position in the indicator.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:43 AM
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awesome, sounds like a quick fix.

i'll take a look when i get off work... :-/
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You'll have it fixed up quick. While you're in there, check out the OD button cables. It's a common problem, and if you're going to have the column apart anyway...

99-03 OD wire fix
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nice, thanks Macon.

i'll take a look for this while i'm in there.

another thing. :-)

i plugged in my bluetooth obd2 dongle the other day and got nothing. as if the receptacle in the cab wasn't working. maybe i just need to ruffle some plugs...
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:05 AM
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Or the ODBII system you bought won't communicate with the Ford CAN system.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:12 AM
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Or the ODBII system you bought won't communicate with the Ford CAN system.
That's possible. I don't have any experience with them, but I'm sure the firmware can easily be system specific.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:28 PM
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had the same issue with my '01, did the bolt adjustment, problem solved. If you guys have a minute, please take a look at my "death Wobble" thread and see if you guys can give me some advice on this issue...
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