Axle shaft broke maybe? I hope that wasn't the case. When one breaks, the car doesn't move because power is no longer being transfered to the wheels. Not a transmission failure.
I'm thinking moisture in the system from setting so long.
You can have different symptoms with a head gasket, one certainly could be coolant mixing into the oil. There are two other things to look at when you suspect this. First early signs of it would be a yellowish slime on the oil cap.
This isn't a good example, but the best I have at the moment. this particluar cap is from one that the oil changes were being let go way too long.
The next thing to check is to let the car set overnight. In the morning, pull the oil drain plug back enough to allow a little oil (hopefully) out into a see thru container. Coolant will setle to the botom of the oil and would be the first thing drained out.
Be prepared for a good chance of more than normal repairs on a car that has sat for that long.
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 AT 4:05 AM