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My Acura TL ?96 started having problems when the D1 and D2 positions of the gear were illuminating in the panel all the time. Few days later, the car would start when in P but need to use the Shift Release to move the gear. Later the same day the car won?t start in P so I need to use the Shift Release to move the gear to N and start the car. Also the key will stay stuck on the starter. I took out the plastic cover to check on the shift interlock solenoid because it stopped making the release sound when I press the brake but it seems to be working fine when jumped with a battery. The brake lights are also ok. Now the car will only start after moving the gear back and forth until the N lights up in the panel. The R light will start when in D and the car seems to jump from one gear to the other wildly. This had happened in the last four days and is getting worse. Any suggestion of what can be happening? Thanks in advance.

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    Car can shift into all gears but the vehicle doesn't move at all. No noise, no leaks, no movement.



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Have the park/ neutral safety switch checked. this is most likely your problem.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010


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SOURCE: 96 acura tl 3.2l is overheating+signals wont work

Start with the easy one (hopefully). You probably have to replace your turn signal flasher. It's located behind the dash, driver side of steering column in the relay block (just pull out to remove).
Your overheating problem: Are you losing coolant, or is the car just running hot? Any leaks, puddles?
Check the cooling fans to make sure they are kicking on as the engine temp rises. If not, you may have a bad switch that is not telling the fan to go on. If fan(s) are operating ok, check the thermostat. If it isn't opening properly, it could be the cause of the overheating. If you have a leak in the system, then when it gets too low, it starts to overheat. Many possibilities, So, let me know the answers to the above so I can help further if needed.

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