firstly I am happy to join her in amazing place I have very important question and it's really am afraid about it I have 2017 hyundai elantra automatic transmission (AT) Hear is what happened "last week I stopped the car as usual by home (it's flat ground) but ,,,, I turned off the car while the gear shifter is Neutral "N" hand break is set UP and the key is coming out normally without Warning !! (i forgot to put shifter on Park "P" ) Then I leave it 1 day then after that I start it again and it was on "N" . so ,,,, 1-turn off car on (N)and hand break is set up > 2- leave it 1 day >> -3- start up again on (N) >> so > dose this will cause any mechanical or electronic damage ? ? Please help me I need your help I am really freaking out because it's my first new car (I used to drove 2001 corolla Manual (MT)
As others have mentioned, the ignition cylinder should not be releasing the key for you to remove it unless the transmission is in Park. However, the vast majority of automatic transmission vehicles will allow you to start the vehicle while in Neutral. I've personally done it countless times when I had stalling issues.
As SteveRacer was suggesting, there is a safety device that will prevent you from starting the car when the transmission is in an unsafe state, it is usually called a neutral safety switch. It's job is to allow the engine to be started only while the transmission is in either park or neutral. The reason neutral starts are permitted is in case the engine stalls while the vehicle is rolling at speed: then engine can be restarted without stopping the vehicle and putting it in park.