engine cranks in any gear

engine cranks in any gear including in neutral and parking
My car has an automatic transmission.
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The function of the neutral-safety switch is to make sure the vehicle can only be started in Park or Neutral. This is similar in function to having to depress the clutch pedal to start a manual transmission-equiped vehicle. It prevents the engine and transmission from being "connected" while starting which can cause the vehicle to lurch in any gear. Have a certified technician inspect the neutral safety switch to correct any faults.

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The most common reasons a Pontiac Firebird won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.
1991 Firebird

Both the 5.0-liter V8 and the 5.7-liter V8 provide more performance, adding five more horsepower than last year.

If your vehicle won`t start, it`s usually caused by a dying or dead battery, loose or corroded connection cables, a bad alternator or an issue with the starter. It can be hard to determine if you`re dealing with a battery or an alternator problem.
The three main reasons why an ignition key will not turn include: problems with related components, issues with the key itself, and ignition lock cylinder problems. Tip: Always make sure your parking brake is on to keep the vehicle secure when following these steps.
The 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 used to come with a 6.6-liter V8 engine producing 330 HP and 430 lb-ft of torque. It can go from 0 to 60 MPH in about 6.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 120 MPH.
has a theoretical top speed of 161 mph. However, the Firebird is equipped with a speed limiter, so the vehicle will max out between 113 and 118 mph. , for example, has a top speed of 252 mph. The Trans-Am is sometimes called a Firebird, since it`s essentially the same car with some upgrades to improve performance.
The 91`s offered both a Tuned Port fuel injection (TPI) version and a Throttle Body fuel injection (TBI) version but I think only the TPI went into 92. No carb versions were in the lineup for any of the V8`s in either year.
Pontiac continued to manufacture its own engines, distinct from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, or Oldsmobile, until 1981. Pontiac engines were used in its U.S.-market cars; Canadian-built Pontiac automobiles generally used Chevrolet engines.
How much is a 1991 Pontiac Firebird worth? The value of a used 1991 Pontiac Firebird ranges from $1,717 to $12,501, based on vehicle condition, mileage, and options.
The most common reasons a Pontiac Vibe won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.
However, there was one year in particular that hangs heavy on the minds of our fellow Camaro and Firebird lovers, 1972. This is due to the fact that 1972 was the year that held one of the largest strikes in GM history which led to the slowing of production of all GM vehicles.

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My manual car won’t go into gear, it turns on and the clutch goes down perfectly fine. It happened after my gears grinded, the car
ANSWER : If the clutch mechanism is releasing properly, and the shift linkage is not malfunctioning, your transmission will have to be removed from the vehicle and inspected. Once a transmission has been removed from a vehicle, if the problem is a broken or worn part or parts, and the transmission has 100,000 miles or more, the most cost effective approach is to just simply rebuild the whole transmission. There are transmission rebuild kits that are sold just for this purpose. Rebuilding a transmission is no big deal and is indeed easier in many respects than rebuilding an engine. You can rebuild your transmission right in your own garage. You can NOT rebuild an engine in your own garage due to the highly specialized, and extremely costly, machine shop equipment required. Occasionally, mobile mechanics will take on a transmission rebuild job especially as once the mechanic removes the transmission from the vehicle, it is just simply a modular unit that can be easily transported to a mechanic’s shop and rebuilt right there and then returned to your vehicle. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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Gear Shuffling Problem in Vauxhall Vectra 52 Registration
ANSWER : Hi there. We don’t see a lot of Vauxhall Vectra’s here in the United States, so unfortunately, we’re not able to suggest a possible solution or cause of this problem you’re experiencing. You should consult with a professional mechanic in your home town to determine what’s causing the shifting problem you’re experiencing.

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My manual gear box is starting to get a little bit "clunky" as i change gears, is there an additive i can add to the gear oil?
ANSWER : The first thing to do is to drain and check the oil to see if it has any broken chunks of metal or a lot of brass metal pieces that indicate the gears and synchronizers for the gears are bad. If no metal is found then replace oil with recommended oils for transmission. If metal is found then an internal transmission repair is needed.

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Loose gearbox that won’t find 2nd or 5th gear, sometimes hard to differentiate between 1st and 3rd.
ANSWER : There are a couple of possibilities. The first thing that comes to mind is of course the shifter itself. There is a nylon ball and socket joint at the base of the gearshift lever that sometimes falls apart, making the feel of the shifter very vague. Additionally, there are links to the transmission shift linkage that involve nylon bushings and joints that can fall apart. Both problems are very common on your car. The other less common possibility is that you have a bad motor mount that is allowing the transmission to move around too much when you try to shift gears. either way, it’s not a big deal to fix, and probably won’t require expensive transmission work. If you contact Your Mechanic, they can send a technician to your home or office to check out you shifting issue and let you know what repairs it will take to correct it.

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Can front wheel drive car engine power rear wheel drive
ANSWER : Anything is possible with enough engineering. The changes you are looking at would take major structural changes and would definitely not be an easy job. You could possibly consult a manufacturing engineer to get more details on how this could actually be carried out and whether it would be feasible.

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Engine malfunction light, reduced engine power, engine powered down
ANSWER : Hi there. There are a lot of things that can cause this on your 2012 BMW M5. I usually start by scanning the computer for codes to see what comes up. If there are not codes then I load test the alternator and the battery to see if they are failing. Low voltage in the electrical system will cause this. If that is fine, then it is usually caused by a failing throttle body. I have seen a lot of these fail due to the motors in them hanging up. If the problem is only happening intermittently, this can make the issue hard to duplicate, but you can still have tests done on the car. If you are going to have this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to test the vehicle and diagnose the Engine Malfunction Light.

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engine cranks over but won’t start
ANSWER : Hello. Thank you for writing in. The fuel smell you are having is from the engine throwing fuel into the cylinders that is not being burned. The spark system will is likely the cause of your no start. If none of the coils are receiving power, then the issue is likely the powe’re source to the coils. Check for voltage there. If they are reciting voltage but not producing spark, then all of the coils need to be replaced. You should replace them all at the same time anyway. This keeps the wear on the vehicle even. Replace the plugs at the same time.

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Out of the blue when I started car, the engine and gas was fine when cranked but the car did not fully start. The engine oil pressure light came on.
ANSWER : Hi there. Check the engine oil level. If the oil level is low, then top off and recheck the symptoms. If the engine oil is full and the oil pressure light is lit up on the dash, then either the oil pressure sensor has failed or the oil pump has failed. Take a look at the oil pressure sensor and see if the contacts are loose or damaged. If the oil pressure sensor seems to be intact, then I recommend removing the sensor and putting in a test gauge and checking the oil pressure as the engine is cranked. If there is oil pressure of 25 psi or greater, then the oil pressure sensor needs replaced. If there is no oil pressure, then the oil pump needs replaced. If you need further assistance with your warning lights being on for the engine oil, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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