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Some weeks back I posted a query about a non-starting auto R75 2.0 petrol - the symptoms were a complete an total nothingness when trying to start the car and I thought it might be the immobiliser.

Anyway, it did it again yesterday and it is definitely something to do with the gear selector. After about 5 minutes of flipping between P ark and N eutral, the car started as though nothing had ever been wrong. So it is an intermittent mystery, but I thought I'd mention it here in case anyone else suffers similarly.

All gear indicators function normally, all fuses intact, etc., etc., so I am not seeking a "fix" as such, just passing on the experience.
 

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Some weeks back I posted a query about a non-starting auto R75 2.0 petrol - the symptoms were a complete an total nothingness when trying to start the car and I thought it might be the immobiliser.

Anyway, it did it again yesterday and it is definitely something to do with the gear selector. After about 5 minutes of flipping between P ark and N eutral, the car started as though nothing had ever been wrong. So it is an intermittent mystery, but I thought I'd mention it here in case anyone else suffers similarly.

All gear indicators function normally, all fuses intact, etc., etc., so I am not seeking a "fix" as such, just passing on the experience.

There will be an inhibitor switch that stop you starting the car in any gear other than N or P. I'm sure someone will be able to let you know where it is located.
 

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Either the switch is faulty or the selector cable is slack and needs adjusting. You might find the car will start with the selector slightly offset from N or P.

According to Haynes, cable adjustment isn't a difficult job, but the car needs to be up on axle stands with the engine undertray removed (if fitted). Should be a quick job for a garage.

If it is the switch, you need the same access to reach it. ATH, alignment of the switch on re-fitting needs a special MG-Rover tool, though I suspect a transmission specialist might have it.

If not doing it yourself, you could maybe get your local garage to adjust the cable and check the switch as a first attempt.
 

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Car did this again on Friday night and after some 20 minutes of gear-lever movement and trying to start again I got nowhere so called the RAC (was travelling from London to Devon and had done 8 miles before stopping for fuel).

Wise old owl RAC man gave the starter motor a gentle thwack with his patent starter-motor thwacker and lo, off I went.

Perhaps I might save up for a starter motor one day, but more likely I'll get me a piece of thick dowel.
 
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