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Pete, Auto Service Technician
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Experience:  14 years GM dealer Technician.
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I got in my truck and when i started it, it was in neutral

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i got in my truck and when i started it, it was in neutral and for some reason the column shifter is not working
JA: Does the vehicle have a fuse that enables or disables the shifter?
Customer: im not sure, also there is no resistance on the column shifter
JA: What is the model/year of your Chevy?
Customer: 06 1500 silverado
JA: Are you fixing your Silverado yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: i havent tried anything yet i noticed it early this morning when i tried to go to work
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: thats about it
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Pete replied 11 months ago.

Hi my name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist with this today.In some cases I may need more info to assist better.I apologize for any delay.

Usually what fails here and causes this issue is a broken shifter cable.It is odd that it was in neutral after sitting over night if you placed it in park unless it was vandalized.But usually no resistance and no shifting can indicate the common issue of the shifter cables itself broken needing replaced or that it had become disconnected from the transmission itself.You can inspect under the vehicle with the emergency brake set and wheels blocked to see if it has been disconnected from the transmission on the drivers side.If it has you can try and snap the cable back onto the shift linkage on the side of the transmission on the drivers side but if it will not snap into place on the ball on the shift linkage on the transmission or if it is already in place I suspect the cable itself is at fault needing replaced.This was the most common fault.

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Thanks Pete