2000 Chevy Impala starter does not engage

Tiny
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 97,113 MILES
Hi, I'm working on a 2000 chevy impala that the starter does not engage/turnover when I turn the key to "on / start position. It's an automatic, but I'm not sure where the neutral safety switch is.I thought I found it up under the dash/steering column actuated by shifter arm. When you have the dash panels off and out of the way, your looking at the shifter lever/cable connection which also has a rod branching off to a switch/unit that has two wires (16 ga. I believe) connected to it.I thought this switch was the neutral safety switch.I disconnected, jumped the wires and turn the key and still no power at small terminal on solenoid. There is power to one wire when key is turned to "on' position. It also has the movable steering column.
Can you tell me if this is the "right" switch or where it is?It's not on top of tranny where shifter cable/rod connect on transmission. Or any other suggestions to what it might be?
thanks in advance, I'm headed to get a repair manual now, but need all the help I can get on a Monday.
thanks ron
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Monday, September 8th, 2008 AT 10:45 AM

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Tiny
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Do you have voltage at the starter. If not check your fuses. That switch is in the transmission
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Monday, September 8th, 2008 AT 1:19 PM
Tiny
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Yes there is voltage at "battery terminal" on starter with key on.
So the Neutral Safety switch " is " inside transmission on this 2000 chevy impala with locking wheel?
Thanks for your help
ron m
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 AT 8:51 AM
Tiny
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Do you have power at the solenoid wire also
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 AT 9:19 AM
Tiny
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If your talking about when I turn the key to "start" the answer is "no", but I do at battery connection post. That is why I needed to know if neutral safety switch is inside transmission on this model, because it is not like most GM's that I have worked on that are on/ part of transmission shifter rod on top of front wheel drive transaxles.
I pickup a Haynes repair manual just now, but I havn't look to see if it's cover in the manual, yet.
I can still use any help you can give and will compensate accordingly.
Thanks again ron m
PS I also found the" transaxle indicator switch" beside the steering column and unplugged & then jumped wires to see if It producted current at "S" terminal with "NO" luck(there is power at one side with key on -before I jumped wires.
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 AT 10:13 AM
Tiny
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First, did you check all the fuses and make sure none are blowen.
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 AT 10:59 AM
Tiny
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Hi, "no" and I know your suppose to start with that, so I'll do that next.I'm going to have to wait until tomorrow, because the car is outside and it's pouring out. Sitting on cloth interior really stinks in my opinion. Also purchased manual and it states that 2003 and on transmissions have no neutral safety switch, just a multi-function switch inside the transmission. So, I guess I'll be praying real hard for the blown fuse idea.
If not blown fuse what next?
Thanks ron m

ps I'm going to be doing other things until it stops raining, so I talk with you later.
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 AT 1:03 PM

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