Yesterday, I was driving my 1989 Ford Telstar TX5 model AT (1.8L, 3x
speed automatic transmission; identical to a mazda 626) to my friend's
place; with a successful run there. But on attempt to leave, I found
that my car would not start. The electrics and lights all function
properly; however the dashboard is reporting a consistant
"R" (Reverse) position, regardless of what position the gear stick is
in. I'm assuming the engine proper is OK; but the car won't start as
the transmission is not in the "Park" position.
The vehicle has done ~200,000kms without any particular dramas; it's
getting close to service time but still 1,000kms to go.. and it's
been.. 2.5years (around 30,000kms) since the last Auto Trans service.
As it was dark; I wasn't able to properly check the automatic
transmission fluid levels. I will travel back to the car and top that
up today; and hoping I'll get lucky but I doubt it.
Any ideas on what i can do?
Many, many warm thanks,