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2001 sequoia won't engage in park. All other gears work fine

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2001 sequoia won't engage in park. All other gears work fine Just rolls like it's in neutral
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 2 years ago.

Hello, if the shift linkage is moving as normal then, It has what is called a "parking pawl" inside the transmission that is supposed to lock into a slot to prevent the final drive from engaging and there is a fault with it. In most cases its because it has broken and the transmission has to be removed to replace it.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The park interlock switch or neutral safety switch wouldn't effect it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I ask because it happened about 2 months ago and overnight the next day it was fine until now
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 2 years ago.


Thats a good sign that the pawl isnt actually broken though!

The interlock switch only prevents the shifter from being able to move out of park unless the key is on and the brake pedal is depressed so this is in a different area. Same with the neutral switch. Those are both electrical controled devices and the issue you are having is going to be more mechanical. Probably something in the actual linkage but the good news is that the trans wont need to come out OR have to be rebuilt!

It will have to be a hands on inspection at a shop to hunt it down.