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Old 15 Jan 2016, 10:19 am
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Default Shifter Interlock Issues

2005, non-turbo; intermittent starting problems. This started with a worn out shifter cable which I replaced. I followed the Haynes procedure for adjusting the shifter interlock cable. I looked carefully at the ignition and found burnt contacts so I replaced the electrical switch and the assembly between the electrical switch and the key cylinder. It starts until I play with the shifter. Interlock, right? OK fine. Went through the adjustment a few times without results. It will start in neutral, but not in park.

I went to the pic a part and got another interlock cable; it is not available in the parts stores.

I do not completely understand how the interlock works. What does it do to the ignition switch that makes it clear for start? I would feel better if I actually knew how this thing actually works.

Thank you for your help.
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Old 16 Jan 2016, 01:38 pm
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Default Re: Shifter Interlock Issues

Replaced interlock cable. Went through adjustment procedure in Chilton manual. Tried the whole range of adjustment. Now it only starts in neutral and will start in neutral with the interlock cable disconnected from the shifter.

Seriously frustrating.
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Old 16 Jan 2016, 02:23 pm
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Default Re: Shifter Interlock Issues

I would suggest you check to see if your neutral safety switch is working properly.
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Old 21 Jan 2016, 11:11 am
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Default Re: Shifter Interlock Issues

How do I check the Neutral Safety Switch?

One thing I found states that it is inside the transmission on the valve body.

Does a 2005 pt cruiser have a park neutral safety switch

I replaced the shifter cable, and the interlock cable that goes to the ignition switch. If I physically grab the lever on top of the shifter shaft, on the transmission, where the shifter cable connects, and push it 100% forward, it will start, but if it is not exactly 100% forward, it will not start. The shifter cable is adjusted almost all the way out - adjustment being made under the center console at the shifter. It is almost like the cable does not extend out far enough. [ I am thinking that the switch inside the transmission is becoming worn out. Either that, or in some way I do not have the cable installed and adjusted properly after 5 tries following the Chilton's Manual.]

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Old 21 Jan 2016, 01:28 pm
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Default Re: Shifter Interlock Issues

I'd love to be able to help you, but I've never done this on a PT, so can't. But if you can fully extend it and make contact to where it starts in Park, then I agree that it's either a tad short or is still not quite adjusted correctly. I don't know what to suggest other than take it back and get another cable.
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