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First thing you need to do is male sure your battery connections are good. I'd they. Are then move on to having the battery check. These cars won't come out of park with a dead or low battery. Hope this helps.
Tap on the starter with a hammer, but don't hit the wires to the battery, then try it, if that don't work check the cables from the battery to the starter to see if the bolts are tight. But first take the hot cable off the battery, so you don't short out the starter or the battery. And also clean and tighten the cables to the battery.
Sounds like there's a transmission problem there. Maybe try a transmission flush and fill to see if that solves the problem for about $100. If that doesn't solve the problem a transmission rebuild is probably the way to go to fix the problem.
That procedure is a lot more than the flush and fill, though.
Chances are is that the torque converter needs to be replaced. However, the transmssion on this vehicle are only serviceable by transmision shops. No regular mechanic will open up the transmission. When the torque converter fails (clutch and plates shutters to small pieces) the debri flows in the transmision thereby potentially destroying the gears and/or clogging the filter and pump. Go straight to a reputable transmission shop and let them correctly diagnose the transmission.
I believe what you're saying is that after your car has been in park and you put it in gear to drive it makes a grinding noise for about 30 miles. I recommend checking you transmission fluid level and adding fluid as needed. You should do this fluid check while the engine is warm and car is idling. Since you have an 88 you probably have a lot of miles on it. I've had very good luck using Slick 50 High Mileage Automatic Transmission Treatment. A bottle of this costs around $15. If none of this works it may be time to take it into the shop or trade it in.
I'm thinking this is an interior problem. Dirt ETC.. can build up around the shifter, you can pop the panel below the shifter up with a screwdriver. Clean this panel up and lube up the linkage below and you should be good to go.
there is a switch on the brake pedal that needs replacing. it tells the transmission the brake is applied. you can take it apart and clean the contacts but I would just replace. should fix your problem as long as it is just the shifter hangs. It wont cure shifting problems while acclerating decelerating. just wanted to make sure I understood what you were saying.