BENZDOC - 8/26/2004 8:42 PM
first, your wheels were are not "locked" when in park. what took the brunt of his senility was the park pawl on the output shaft of the trans. the pawl is square and engages into a square. when the pawl is engaged into the output shaft, there's no getting it out. only the linkage will pull it out. if this was the case, you probably heard his taurus fold like aluminum foil and his fan scraping. you say your linkage bushing's are shot. now, what you don't want to hear is that your car wasn't all the way in park. if this was the case, you heard the racheting of the pawl looking for a place to park on the output shaft. this is NOT a big deal. it can take a lot of abuse. do not worry. the determining factor here is for the 3 feet you got pushed, did the tires skid? if so, little pawly was happily where he belongs. no skid? then little pawly was smacked around a little bit. this will not hurt him and he will get over it. (kinda like the old baseball cards in the bike spokes)....kevin
Thanks for the reply!![:)] It seems that my car is more than likely OK.
To answer your questions, and to clarify things, when the car moved forward 3 feet the tires did not skid, they rolled. Maybe at first, but I do remember seeing the tires roll. But it seems that I remember having that feeling that something "unlocked" itself. Like the Park gear being dislogded out of engagement and giving way. You say that it won't be removeable unless you use the linkage by shifting it, so when I knew that the linkage was shot was this the possible cause? Car hitting me behind forcing bushing to dislodge since pawl cannot be removed forcibly...does this sound logical?
Is this some sort of failsafe mechanism? I do hope so!
I knew that the linkage bushings were shot because after the accident I had the car inspected, but I have no idea at all if this was already broken before the accident. Anyhoo, I bought some stuff to repair it, hopefully one of these days when I'm free.
I do not want to dismiss any assumptions, but I do believe the car was in Park and it engaged properly. That's because everytime I put it in Park, it either rolls forward or backward just slightly until the gear engages and the car stops moving/rolling in whichever direction. This is a good sign the Park gear is holding, right? Even until now it does this.
Also, if it helps in anyway, the engine was still running. Will this change anything? [?]