our tenet parker her car and left it in gear about a hour later i hear her car start up a diesl suv as i am coming
out the front door of the house the car runs up over the step and hits the house luckly it killed a few large flower pots and a lawn chair so no damage to house . how could this happen her keys where in her purse ?
crazy and scary night john
Could be an electrical short somewhere. (see below!)
Why does she leave it parked in gear, and why does she not use the parking brake?
Many older cars don't have working parking brakes.
of the cars south of the Rio Grande come from up in the North East Region of the US. I know several car hauling companies that pick up 5-6 truck loads of cars from the huge car auctions in the NE every week and bring them down to KY-TN-AR area and go through them. They keep the best of them to "whole sale" to local used dealers.
The rest of them go back on a truck and down to Brownsville, TX where they are either bought off the truck as it unloads in a dirt lot or at the auction next door the lot. Out of 50 to 70 cars a week only about 5-10 cars stay the rest go to south!
Most are major rust buckets underneath but look great up top. Some have mechanical issues!
I have 3 different friends who own car carriers that do this one in KY, one in TN, and one on the AR/OK border all 3 of them send/take 5 or 6 trucks a week to the "Border Auction" and most cars sell before they get in the auction gate.
I've been down there with them before as a driver of a carrier and couldn't believe the swarm of buyers that swarm the trucks as they pull in to unload. (the auction does have a paved lot carriers can unload in, but many chose to unload in the dirt lot and sell as many cars as they can for cash before the auction. And they have to move the trucks to park on the dirt lot after unloading on the pavement anyway.)
So it's highly likely the parking park could be "froze up" from rust or even have a broken cable.
Also some people just park them in gear.