My car wont turn on, but if I move the shifter it will turn on. What could it be????


Asked by Isiswrath9 Mar 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM about the 2004 Acura TSX Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have an 2004 Acura TSX. Never really had any problems until now. The car wont start. All of the icons flash but
nothing not even a crank. I move the shifter from left to right I dont move into any gear and presto the car turns on. I
checked my battery it wasnt good and I switched it last week. BUT it started doing it again...Im stumped. Anyone
have any ideas? Help.

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shifter leaning on a wire harness thats making and breaking a connection

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There's a switch on the shift lever called a neutral safety switch. It prevents the engine from starting in gear. It sounds like yours is worn or out of alignment.

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Thanks. I would of never thought of that.


There is a sensor that tells when in park,my rsx wont start in tells it when its in park.


Today the car didnt turn on. But I didnt move the shifter and I tried it again and the car turned on. ?????????


Maybe a short in sensor or wires


The shirfttronic has also been messing up. I will have it in manuel and it shifts to automatic by itself. Trail and error gonna have to keep looking.

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