Shifter/Starting Issue?

Asked by Aug 07, 2016 at 04:20 PM about the 1985 Chevrolet C/K 10 Silverado RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 1985 Silverado with automatic trans will not start unless I can find the perfect sweet spot in the gear shifter's range of motion.   If I just put it in park or neutral like you normally would it will not start.  Turn the key and nothing at all, no clicks, the choke light on the dash does not come on, nothing.  Now if I fiddle with the gear shifter for about ten or fifteen minutes popping it in between all the gears and finding just the perfect spot somewhere near "park," it will crank like a champ.  The choke light will come on and it acts totally normal.   If I were to bump the shifter out of that fragile perfect position it won't crank at all. What's going on with this ol' girl?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

3 Answers


Check or replace the neutral safety switch..The gate prevents the ignition cylinder from rotating on certain columns unless it's in park or Neutral. On other models it's an adjustment on the nss. Are you saying in park the cylinder will not rotate to the full crank position?

The cylinder will rotate, but it does nothing. It does seem a bit stiff turning when it's not in its sweet spot though.


Get a ( neutral safety switch) race over

Your Answer

C/K 10

Looking for a Used C/K 10 in your area?

CarGurus has 332 nationwide C/K 10 listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Chevrolet C/K 10 Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
3,221 Great Deals out of 220,499 listings starting at $1,200
Used Chevrolet Camaro
452 Great Deals out of 31,416 listings starting at $1,450
Used Chevrolet S-10
11 Great Deals out of 1,221 listings starting at $1,550
Used Ford F-100
167 listings
Used Chevrolet Blazer
3 Great Deals out of 944 listings starting at $950
Used Ford Mustang
602 Great Deals out of 39,175 listings starting at $1,895
Used Chevrolet Corvette
174 Great Deals out of 17,499 listings starting at $3,000

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.