Can an automatic car roll forward when the engine isn't running and geared on park? Lexus ls430 20

Asked by Mar 18, 2015 at 12:20 AM

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The parking pawl should prevent the car from rolling any significant distance, but if the parking gear is worn/missing teeth the pawl won't have anything to grab. You don't say how far forward it's rolling - a lot or a little? The correct way to put a car in park is shift into neutral, set parking brake, then shift into park. Most people never do that, and parking brakes love to hang up. Have a mechanic look at the pawl/parking brake if it's a problem.

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Thanks for your response KenF. The car rolled several yards down a slight hill and ran into a garage. I'm just trying to figure out how this could have happened with the engine off.

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