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Hello, I'm new to this forum and hope someone can help. I have a great 2005 Titatn Crew cab LX 4x4. Love it.

I just came back from a Christmas party and had the scare of my life. We are in PA and there is about an inch or hard packed ice and snow on the ground. My wife and I rolled up to our friends house and parked on his still icy blacktop driveway (he was too lazy to clean it off) and parked on a rather steep slope, facing up hill. I put the Titan in park, applied the parking brake, then went inside.

Three hours later I took a look outside and the TITAN WAS GONE! I ran outside, but wait, there it is. About 15 feet lower down the driveway to where it starts to level off! No, I was not drinking. :)

As I studied the Titan and where it now was, sure enough, there were no footprints coming out of the drivers door. Thank goodness no one was parked behind me.

Ok, here is the really strange part, studying the tire tracks, it didn't look like the tires just locked up and the entire truck slipped down the hill. It actually looked like the wheels rotated. It this possible? I didn't even think it would slide on this steep of a hill, but it was defininetly moved. And it almost looks like since it was slipping the wheels were rotating backwards as to control the slide.

Is this possible? Am I going insane? My mind is spinning. Help.
 

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Go on to an empty street, get up to about 40mph and SLAM on the brakes.... go look at your tire marks and compare them ! lol... may work, may not but I think it will !
 

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killcatzforfun said:
Go on to an empty street, get up to about 40mph and SLAM on the brakes.... go look at your tire marks and compare them ! lol... may work, may not but I think it will !
And that will accomplish what :huh:
 

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If you were in park, the tires had to slip. If you weren't in park, it would have rolled a lot further...and probably would have done it as you were exiting the truck when you first got there. I'm sure it had to slide down.
 

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The parking brake will not hold the truck on a steep hill. Others have complained that the brakes were not strong enough or they needed adjustment. Now the weird thing in your case is that the tire rotated though you had it in park. i am not sure how strong that clip that hold the transmission in park and prevent the tires from rotating but I know it is not good for the transmission. I worked as a valet in my younger days and when we were busy we might not come to a complete stop before we slam the car in park and get out while it is still grinding to a stop (I will never give my keys to a valet driver as long as I live). The tires rotated and the transmission complained loudly but it stpoped after few feet depending on the speed. If it was very icy, I can understand the truck sliding but it looks like there was enough tractions to rotate the tires. Maybe someone have some reasonable explaination.
 

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If it were in park then there is now way the tires would have spun in this situation. If it moved, then the tires would have had to slid.
 

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It has happened to me on my Ford Taurus before in heavy snow. I parked it in the drive way and came back after few hours and car ws gone, it rolled down. Come to find out that the display said Park but actually it was not fully in Park yet.
 

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guls said:
It has happened to me on my Ford Taurus before in heavy snow. I parked it in the drive way and came back after few hours and car ws gone, it rolled down. Come to find out that the display said Park but actually it was not fully in Park yet.

The key should not come out if the truck is not completly in park. Mine will sometimes fail to move all the way in park, and I can't pull out my key when this happens.
 

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The front tires rolled and left the tracks covering the rear tire marks that were dragging. If in park the rear wheels were locked in place.

Clint
 

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Clint said:
The front tires rolled and left the tracks covering the rear tire marks that were dragging. If in park the rear wheels were locked in place.

Clint
And there ya have it! Detective Clint is on the job! lol.
 

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Haven't you guys ever jacked up both sides of the rear?? If you spin one side, the other will spin opposite. That may be the answer....????
 

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Haven't you guys ever jacked up both sides of the rear?? If you spin one side, the other will spin opposite. That may be the answer....????
I think Clints idea made the most sense. How does one wheel spin the opposite direction when both are on the ground. Not likely.
 

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HudsonValleyTitan said:
I think Clints idea made the most sense. How does one wheel spin the opposite direction when both are on the ground. Not likely.
Which ever one has the least resitance will allow the other to turn forward. Its not a very smooth action unless both are suspended to turn freely, but when one is allowed to turn forward(by icy conditions, etc.)the other spins reverse, but usually lurching or jerky. I have seen this happen, on wet grass even! Very likely indeed.
 

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SilverTitan05 said:
Hello, I'm new to this forum and hope someone can help. I have a great 2005 Titatn Crew cab LX 4x4. Love it.
Off topic but:

The Titan does not come in a LX model.
 

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Clint said:
The front tires rolled and left the tracks covering the rear tire marks that were dragging. If in park the rear wheels were locked in place.

Clint
Thanks Clint, this makes a lot of sense. Yes, I'm not loosing my mind! :)
 

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i think clints reasoning is correct as long as the truck went straight back and did not fish tail then the turning front tires would have covered up any signs of sliding by the rear tires

the thing to me is on snowy icey roads when the back tires are locked up it is kinda hard for me to think that it went straight back if it was any kinda distance it should have slid a little bit either way exposing the sliding back tires

are you pos.. no one played a joke on you by moving your truck????
 

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carver1titan4x4 said:
are you pos.. no one played a joke on you by moving your truck????
It was a very level blacktop driveway so it did look like it did slip straight back.

I actually had my set and my wife's set of key so unless one of my friends learned how to hotwire it, I'm pretty sure it wasn't moved by them.
 
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