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Old 04-13-2006, 10:53 AM
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Question 300 Turbo Diesel STILL in Drive?????????

So last night I pull into my driveway and stop. I put the car in park (its an automatic). I start closing my sunroof and to my surprise the car starts moving forward when I move my foot from the brake. WOW! I realise that there is nothing BUT play in the auto shifter stick.
Since its in gear I don't think the transmission dumped maybe just the shifter came dislodged from its home?
I can't get it into any neutral gear to even start it.
Any advise?

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Old 04-13-2006, 10:55 AM
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By the way its an '82 300D Turbo Diesel
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Old 04-13-2006, 11:13 AM
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Sounds like a linkage came loose. I believe you can get to it from underneath the car.... may not be easy since you can't move it.
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Old 04-13-2006, 06:20 PM
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I've read about this on here somewhere. I think it's not totally uncommon. I'm sure you can find all the info. you need with a search.

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Old 04-13-2006, 06:58 PM
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You can start it, but be careful!

If you promise to be careful, I will tell you how to start it. Once it starts it will at least go forward. If you need reverse, forget it. But if going forward would help to get it to a shop or to get it up on ramps or a better place to work on it, here is how to do it. Remember SAFETY FIRST
Set emergency brake
Find good blocks for front and rear of each rear wheel
Now if the engine is normally a good starter then proceed
Open the hood and on the passenger side about half way between
front and rear of engine compartment(right behind coolant tant) is a little black box. Lift the cover from the back and inside are 2 large screws and one small screw. A paper clip will work if your car starts quickly, (but some heat will build up in thw paper clip so don't hang on to it to long) Anyway, with the paper clip or two small screwdrivers that are crossed and are touching, make a jump between the center big screw and the small one. Now turn on ignition and give it the necessary glow time. Ready, and make the jump and it will start and run. If you don't give it any throttle, the blocks will hold it safely. Now, if you can trust your emergency brakes, you can remove the blocks, cautiously! SAFETY FIRST This is a dangerous operation!
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Old 04-13-2006, 07:41 PM
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You may need to give some attention to your shifter bushings and linkage. It is a fairly common anomoly, although a dangerous one.

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