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

85,515

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
    2,780
  • #2
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    1,930
  • #3
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    1,900
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
28 Great Deals out of 2,137 listings starting at $2,995
Used Honda Civic
115 Great Deals out of 4,951 listings starting at $100
Used Honda Accord
33 Great Deals out of 1,641 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota RAV4
78 Great Deals out of 3,901 listings starting at $838
Used Hyundai Elantra
102 Great Deals out of 3,702 listings starting at $3,488
Used Nissan Sentra
55 Great Deals out of 1,905 listings starting at $710
Used Nissan Altima
41 Great Deals out of 1,234 listings starting at $2,800
Used Mazda MAZDA3
47 Great Deals out of 2,726 listings starting at $3,800
Used Toyota Prius
182 listings starting at $4,495
Used Toyota Yaris
30 Great Deals out of 657 listings starting at $2,367
Used Toyota Tacoma
24 Great Deals out of 1,624 listings starting at $5,795
Used Honda CR-V
85 Great Deals out of 4,121 listings starting at $1,888
Used Hyundai Sonata
29 Great Deals out of 1,395 listings starting at $3,450
Used Ford Focus
45 Great Deals out of 2,537 listings starting at $2,534

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Toyota Corolla S For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 52 listings starting at $13,488
2015 Toyota Corolla S For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 119 listings starting at $11,995
2014 Toyota Corolla S For Sale
136 listings starting at $10,988

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.