Engine cuts out when i shift out of park

Asked by Feb 27, 2017 at 08:24 AM about the 2003 Toyota Corolla S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

While driving home Saturday night about a half mile to three quarter miles
from my house my tachometer started bouncing up and down. Then the
headlights started flickering. I also heard a weird noise coming from my
car. I cant describe the noise very well, it was just audibly different than
normal.

I than got into my driveway and when i shifted it into park the engine cutoff.
I started the car back up with no problems but when i'd shift out of park the
engine would cut out again. I tried it again Sunday morning and same
thing. I could let it idle for any amount of time and there is no issue. I also
tried it again this morning and i could shift it a few times but it would cut out
eventually.

Possible coincidence but we had a wicked downpour Saturday night and I
hit a decent size pool of water on the road a few hours before i got
home(drove it probably 20 minutes or so after that to get to my friends
house and was driving back when the issues occurred).

Automatic Transmission 225k miles

1 Answer

83,955

Well it does sound like a electrical issue, something must have gotten wet, like maybe the neutral safety switch. A wire or connection probably is cutting the engine when shifting. May want to try and get under there and unplug the neutral safety switch and blow out the plugin and the switch, see if that helps.

2 people found this helpful.

Your Answer:

Toyota Corolla Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,740
  • #2
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    1,900
  • #3
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    1,880
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
772 Great Deals out of 74,279 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda Civic
414 Great Deals out of 49,826 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Accord
585 Great Deals out of 104,730 listings starting at $1,225
Used Toyota RAV4
553 Great Deals out of 79,941 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Altima
754 Great Deals out of 67,300 listings starting at $1,495
Used Hyundai Elantra
454 Great Deals out of 48,945 listings starting at $1,700
Used Nissan Sentra
542 Great Deals out of 47,187 listings starting at $990
Used Toyota Yaris
50 Great Deals out of 2,470 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Prius
166 Great Deals out of 18,125 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Tacoma
444 Great Deals out of 48,834 listings starting at $2,994
Used Mazda MAZDA3
263 Great Deals out of 25,352 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda CR-V
637 Great Deals out of 78,955 listings starting at $2,195
Used Hyundai Sonata
383 Great Deals out of 47,957 listings starting at $250
Used Honda Civic Coupe
94 Great Deals out of 10,888 listings starting at $1,300

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Toyota Corolla S For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 818 listings starting at $10,290
2015 Toyota Corolla S For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 770 listings starting at $8,990
2014 Toyota Corolla S For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 270 listings starting at $8,460

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.