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    mrd05d is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    2001 Dts Starts but will not engage Drive or Reverse

    Caddy isnt engaging gears. It will shift into drive or reverse but the selector still says |P| . I realize that this is most likely a neutral saftey switch however when looking in alldata I could not find this switch. I looked online and found that it may instead be the internal mode switch? What is involved in this fix? I couldn't find much in alldata as far as getting to the part and swapping it out. I found that there is a relay as well? What does this relay do?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: 2001 Dts Starts but will not engage Drive or Reverse

    "It will shift into drive or reverse"

    So you can drive it to and fro?
    or
    No matter what you do with the shifter it stays in park?

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    Re: 2001 Dts Starts but will not engage Drive or Reverse

    The car should still have some sort of engagement & movement if it were the IMS.
    If the car is still locked in park when the shifter is moved, it's a cable or linkage issue.

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    Re: 2001 Dts Starts but will not engage Drive or Reverse

    This is probably a really stupid, newbie answer, but here goes: This happened with our 59 Continental and it was out of transmission fluid.

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