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2000 Prizm will not start AND will not shift from park. Key

Customer Question

2000 Prizm will not start AND will not shift from park. Key turns, instrument panel lights up, radio and windshield washers work fine, brake lights work, starter fuse behind storage panel is good. Car does not start when shifter solenoid is bypassed and car put put into neutral. No clicks, no cranking. Car started
fine with no straining this morning.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for posting

Since the time it started last this morning was the battery charged, jumped or disconnected?

Do you happen to have a voltmeter?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Battery was jumped, not disconnected. I have a VOM.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 1 year ago.

Ok, good. In the fuse box under the hood Is a large 100A or so fuse marked alternator, there are two other slightly smaller fuses Called AM1 and AM2 do these fuses have power going to them and are not blown?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
AM fuse is fine. Why are we dealing with alternator fuses? The battery appears to be fine, not discharged at all. It started fine with no
slowness or trouble a couple of hours ago, was driven out of driveway onto street and parked. Now it will not click or turn over at all.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 1 year ago.

remove the starter solenoid wire, the small wire, connect the voltmeter to it and see if there is voltage in neutral and the key to start.