park nuetral switch 1996 toyota camry

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Old 27 Jan 2009, 02:35 am   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 96 camry with the check engine light on. I need to get it to
pass smog, the error code reads p1780, which is the park nuetral
switch. On my dash, all the lights light up except for when in drive
and the car starts in any gear. I went to pick a part and got another
switch off another camry and non of the lights lit up so I put my
original one back in. Not only does the drive light not light up but
with no keys in the ignition I can go through all the gears. I really
need to figure this out soon so I can get it smogged and registered,
Thanks
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Old 27 Jan 2009, 06:37 am   #2 (permalink)
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On Jan 27, 2:35*am, jsmcontract...@gmail.com wrote:
> I have a 96 camry with the check engine light on. I need to get it to
> pass smog, the error code reads p1780, which is the park nuetral
> switch. On my dash, all the lights light up except for when in drive
> and the car starts in any gear. I went to pick a part and got another
> switch off another camry and non of the lights lit up so I put my
> original one back in. Not only does the drive light not light up but
> with no keys in the ignition I can go through all the gears. I really
> need to figure this out soon so I can get it smogged and registered,
> Thanks


Its not a saftey test, call and see if it matters. Put duct tape over
the dash lights!
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Old 28 Jan 2009, 11:18 am   #3 (permalink)
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ransley wrote:

> Its not a saftey test, call and see if it matters. Put duct tape over
> the dash lights!


In California, you cannot pass the smog check if the check engine light
is on, regardless of the reason.
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Old 30 Jan 2009, 01:07 pm   #4 (permalink)
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jsmcontract...@gmail.com wrote:
> I have a 96 camry with the check engine light on. I need to get it to
> pass smog, the error code reads p1780, which is the park nuetral
> switch. On my dash, all the lights light up except for when in drive
> and the car starts in any gear. I went to pick a part and got another
> switch off another camry and non of the lights lit up so I put my
> original one back in. Not only does the drive light not light up but
> with no keys in the ignition I can go through all the gears. I really
> need to figure this out soon so I can get it smogged and registered,
> Thanks

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I'm not exactly sure what the problem is. There is a park neutral
safety switch which prevents shifting out of Park unless the service
brake is pressed. That switch is under the center console near the
shift lever. Temporary over ride access is under the plastic cover
upper left corner, so that gets you to the right location.
Could be you just need to adjust the brake light switch travel at
the brake pedal -- that is also part of the circuit.
The actual gear selector is on the front of the automatic
transmission at the end of the shift cable.
Consult the factory service manual, try: http://www.camrystuff.com/
You should not be able to shift gears with the key off, so that
points to the shift interlock mechanism.
The Drive light on the dash being out is normal. That's the light
that's on most and it burns out first.No actual functional value to
the operation or shifting of the car, just for informational purposes.
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