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Safety in operating an automatic vehicle.

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I was driving a year 2001 toyota NZE car sedan to a parking bay and errenously shifted from D to R and about to get to P a sharp sound came from the gear box and i istopped immediately.I was at an average speed of between 20 -25kmph.
I have been using the vehicle after this incident and all the operations that is automatic gear shifting in D position and also to reverse are okey and no strange noise has been experienced.
Kindly advice on the dangers of such an operation and the remedy in future like a gear shift lock.

Regards,
Antony.

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Hi Anthony
The noise you heard was probably the park locking mechanism trying to engage on the notches in the transmission gear train. If the car holds itself in P range there is no need to worry. These things can happen and normally manufacturers are aware of this and safety devices are already in place to limit damage or injury.e.g the parking mechanism is a small pin that will eventually break first withi=out causing the gear train to lock.
Let us know how you get on.
Cheers.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008

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