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Old 27 Sep 2013, 07:53 am
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I have a 2007 PT Cruiser, about 30k miles, with an automatic transmission that will not start all of the time. The key turns and all lights and accessories come on. There is no clicking, it does not crank, battery has good voltage. This happened last weekend and because it acted as though it is not in park, I shifted the gear shift out of park and back into park and it was able to start right away. Then, when my son my driving it a few days later, he had to actually start it in neutral because the shifting from park and back to park would not work. Where should I start to try to figure this out?
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Old 27 Sep 2013, 09:04 am
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This older post might help....

Hard shifting and no start fixed
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Old 30 Sep 2013, 06:53 am
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Default Re: My 2007 automatic PT Cruiser starts in neutral, not park

I experienced similar behavior in another car years ago: in that case it was a failed neutral start switch.
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Indigo; It is likely that the shifter cable is out of adjustment or the cable bushing at the end of the cable is worn. Also, the wiring connector at the tranny might be corroded. There is a safety/start switch INSIDE the tranny which can be tested from OUTSIDE the tranny; but they rarely go bad.
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Thanks all, we are still trouble shooting it. Will update everything that's been done & what actually fixes it.
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So, after more research & then calling my Dad (a retired mechanic of 50+ years) we've decided it is the neutral safety/start switch. And of course since its a 2007, its internal so I'll have to take it to a transmission shop. The prices I'm getting are between 300 & 400. Does that seem about right?
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Old 07 Oct 2013, 10:05 am
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You are paying a ton of labor. You have skills like your dad.? You can do this yourself. Put the shifter all the way down in low and remove the pan unbolt the valve body, Get a peace of cardboard and punch holes that look like the valve body to put the bolts in some are longer. Ounce you lower the valve body, you will see why to put in low gear first. Set this aside. Remove the shift rod from the case. This requires disconnecting the shift cable. Once removed you now can replace the neutral safety switch. Replace in reverse order. Change filter and fluid and your done. You do not need to remove any rods from the valve body. By placing in low, rod will line itself up when you reinstall it. It really is that simple. New switch should be about $35. So fluid and filter kit and you should get done under $100. Doing it yourself.
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Got this from a search....

If the vehicle is an automatic and depending on the year it is located on the lower drivers side of the trans and is called a prndl switch. This for I believe 2005 or older otherwise it is called a transmission range sensor which is located on the valve body inside the trans. This would require removing the trans shift lever, the trans pan and valve body. If this is the case there are two accumulator pistons and springs that will drop down after removing the valve body. Make sure they go back in the same position they came out.



Yes, it's a lot of work to change out the TRS, but keep asking around for the best price or follow the advice given to you by Busted_PT.
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Now I'm running into transmission shops who did not know its inside the transmission for a 2007 as well as one who flat out told me a 2007 does not have a neutral safety switch. So, I said ya, its called the transmission range sensor. To which he responded with a couple hours of diagnostics (because we must be sure that really is the problem) to the tune of $95/hr. So my price range to fix it has now grown from $240 because he didn't know it was on the inside to about $500 to include a few hours of diagnostics. And of course, since I'm "just a girl", I'm sure its not helping the run-around I'm getting. When I was 18, my Dad made me change the head gasket on my 1967 Ford Galaxie myself. He stood by and watched and helped when I got stuck, but made me do it. So, I can do a few mechanical things if needed, but prefer to have someone with more knowledge do it.
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Now I'm running into transmission shops who did not know its inside the transmission for a 2007 as well as one who flat out told me a 2007 does not have a neutral safety switch. So, I said ya, its called the transmission range sensor. To which he responded with a couple hours of diagnostics (because we must be sure that really is the problem) to the tune of $95/hr. So my price range to fix it has now grown from $240 because he didn't know it was on the inside to about $500 to include a few hours of diagnostics. And of course, since I'm "just a girl", I'm sure its not helping the run-around I'm getting. When I was 18, my Dad made me change the head gasket on my 1967 Ford Galaxie myself. He stood by and watched and helped when I got stuck, but made me do it. So, I can do a few mechanical things if needed, but prefer to have someone with more knowledge do it.
Sounds like your the more knowledgeable one this time.
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