I am having major troubles with my 90 Acura Legend LS (has about 180,000
miles on it).
1) Transmission stuck in Park: I start the engine and then can't move the
automatic transmission out of Park. I press the brakes down fully, press
the silver "trigger" on the gear shift lever, try to press in the button
on the left side of the gear shift lever, and still can't get it out of
The steering wheel ISN'T locked, meaning once I start the engine, I can
turn the steering wheel and then the tires from side to side. Just the
transmission is stuck in park.
I CAN move the gear shift lever if (before I start the engine) I put the
key in the transmission release slot that is immediately behind the gear
shift lever, put it into neutral, tkae the key out of the slot and then
start the engine while in neutral.
I can't say exactly when this started. I loaned my car to my dad for about
6 weeks, and just got it back from him. He said that the problem developed
"sometime" in those 6 weeks. I hadn't had this problem before loaning it
to my dad.
Before that, I had just taken it into a service shop to have an oil change
/ 15,000 mile tune up (replace / fill transmission and other fluids). So it
couldn't be more than a couple hundred miles since the last time the
Automatic Transmission Fluid was changed / filled.
2) Rear Brake Lights / Reverse Lights Not Working:
Also sometime while my dad had the car, the rear tail lights / brake
lights / reverse lights stopped working. The front lights and turn signals
seem to be okay.
I tried changing around the fuses and that didn't make a difference. I
have also had some weired electrical stuff in the past (bizzare static
from the radio, starter engine not cranking the first time you turn the
key). Plus my dad said that he had to disconnect the battery over night
otherwise it would drain and be hard to start in the morning (I think my
dad might have disconnected the battery simply because he is almost 80 and
likes to tinker with stuff, since I have noticed this at all in the last
few days since he returned the car to me).
One other thing happened while my dad had the car. When he was parked at
the supermarket, somebody hit the car just behind the front wheel well /
driver side door. It must have been low speed, because it is a wide dent
(about 16 inches) but very shallow. The front of the rubber trim on the
drivers side is now loose. But I don't think that this could have caused
any of the above problems, could it?
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. ANY HELP you can provide
would be greatly appreciated.