2003 Camry XLE w/2.4L I4 won't start

Asked by Jul 10, 2014 at 08:30 PM about the 2003 Toyota Camry XLE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I pulled into a parking spot and inadvertently shut off the car while the shift lever was in "D"; noticed it when I could get the key out of the ignition. Key came out after shifting into "P". When I came out to leave, the car would not start. Engine immobilizer light ("blinking Security light") went out when key was inserted and all electrical lights an equipment worked fine. Battery is relatively new and lights did not dim when turning key to "Start". I tried to jump the car and the symptoms were the same - good indications of electrical power, no response from the starter. From other posts, it sounds like it may be a bad starter, but I'm wondering if it could be some interlock that I screwed up during an improper shutdown.

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There is a nuetral safety over ride switch panel on the upper left side of the shifter. It's about the size of a postage stamp. Pry it open and push the button down with a long screw driver. You may have activated it when you did the shutdown. You can go on Youtube and type in " Camry neutral saftey switch over ride" and it will show you a step by step video. If no luck there, you may have activated some anti-theft feature. Check your owners manual.

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