Since he used the term "pops/clicks" I read that a multiple pops and/or clicks. My pawl engages maybe 50% of the time due to worn shifter bushings in the steering column, if it doesn't engage Park, I get a steady series of clicks until Park engages or I stop the car from rolling. Remedy - always use the hand brake.
Someday I'll have the time/energy to gut the column and replace the bad bushing(s).
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.