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Must "wiggle" gear shifter for truck to start...

This has been happening more and more lately. The truck will not engage the starter unless I wiggle or move the gear selector lever in and out of Park a time or two. I have heard of this issue before, but couldn't remember the exact cause. Is this the park/shift lock switch/solenoid inside the steering column causing this? I have also heard that maybe it's the "digital transmission range sensor" on the tranny. It seems to basically be telling the ECM to not allow a start cycle because the truck is not fully in Park. Any other ideas with this? Thanks.

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maybe the neutral safety switch

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If there is slop in your selector the start looking into the column, if not I would consider the neutral safety switch. My selector has slop so I know I need to replace the bearing. I have to push it up into park sometimes to get it to start. Or I just put it in neutral first.

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Re: Must "wiggle" gear shifter for truck to start...

There are 2 bushings on the steering column that could be bad, or I have seen the bolts on the end of the shift column come loose and cause this issue. I would start there first. Have you done any trans work on truck lately?

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There are 2 bushings on the steering column that could be bad, or I have seen the bolts on the end of the shift column come loose and cause this issue. I would start there first. Have you done any trans work on truck lately?
x2 very common.where the cable connects to the linkage,it is bolted with two bolts.had that problem with two different trucks.the first time i didnt know what was goin on until one of the bolts fell out of it onto my foot.
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try putting it in neutral and starting it

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There are 2 bushings on the steering column that could be bad, or I have seen the bolts on the end of the shift column come loose and cause this issue. I would start there first. Have you done any trans work on truck lately?
That was the issue for me. Look under the dash in the steering column and there should be 2 or 3 gold bolts. When you wiggle the shifter you will see them move. Those bolts were loose and I had to hold it up in park for it to start. All I had to do was tighten those bolts and it was all good.

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x2 very common.where the cable connects to the linkage,it is bolted with two bolts.had that problem with two different trucks.the first time i didnt know what was goin on until one of the bolts fell out of it onto my foot.
One of the first issues I ever had with my truck. A drop of blue loctite, no issues since than.

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That was the issue for me. Look under the dash in the steering column and there should be 2 or 3 gold bolts. When you wiggle the shifter you will see them move. Those bolts were loose and I had to hold it up in park for it to start. All I had to do was tighten those bolts and it was all good.
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No problem, I could use a trip to CA.

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