Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Eden Prairie MN
Re: Won't start from PARK, but will from Neutral....anyone else?
[quote author=pinoy_eh link=topic=88714.msg3825319#msg3825319 date=1286901086]
The neutral safety switch needs to be replaced. I had the same problem (2006 Mz3 Automatic) that it wont start on Park, I have to move the gear shift to Neutral and it will start. I replaced mine by myself, not a warranty part. The part will cost $65.
Got that right. The neutral safety switch needs to be replaced. The safety switch’s main role is to keep track of the position of the gear selector lever. It prevents the engine from starting if the gear or transmission is not on neutral or park position. If the gear is on this position, it would be easy and safe to start the vehicle. Yet there are some signs that will pinpoint defect on this part. One is when the lever has to be shifted from park or neutral mode in order to get the engine to start. Another, which you are encountering, is if the car starts in Neutral but not in Park mode. That’s the go-signal for a replacement. Hope it helps.