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Pulled into parking spot, did not put into PARK but had foot on brake while reaching for wallet. Felt like the car was rolling a bit. Looked up but wasn't certain I had rolled. Put it in PARK and felt it again while still digging for wallet. This time I was certain. Pulled EMERGENCY BRAKE up, pulled the hood to see if a belt had broken but they hadn't. Back in, put car in DRIVE to see if it would move, IT DIDN"T. Put it in REVERSE, still just barely coasted backwards. Engine sounded fine, it just wouldn't MOVE when I put into gear. With engine going, emergency brake on, pressed the gas, engine rev'd but speedometer did not move. RPM did move. Gear shift handle moved fine but car would not drive in reverse or forward.Without the emergency brake on it would roll but I was slightly at an incline to roll backwards (although the lot looked level). Had it towed to my house while waiting for my mechanic to return from being out of town. It is a 4 cyl. and I have approximately 148,000 miles on it. WHAT COULD BE WRONG AND HOW MUCH (approx.) is it going to cost to fix it? I am panicing like you would not believe! Live alone, have no one to help me with transportation to/from work or anywhere else.

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This is a tranmission linkage problem. The car may be in park but the linkage arm well sometimes slip of or sometimes just run crooked as you switch through the gears. My car has also done the same thing until I recapped the arm with a new lock washer

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