[Lumps!] Please Help. Emergency Diagnosis Needed!

Last night…while driving in my '82 XJ6 at around 35mph…with no
warning…I heard a loud clunk/clank. I thought I’d hit something.
Then, I noticed that the engine was revving and I was in “drive” but
the car wasn’t moving. I stopped and attempted to put the car in
“park” and heard a clattering/clanking sound. So, I tried “reverse”…
…and heard nothing. I got it, and noticed a LARGE puddle under the rear
of the car…near the driveshaft/diff. area. A resident on that street
came outside because he heard the loud clunk/clank and thought a vehicle
accident had happened. He helped me roll the car backwards into his
driveway.

When the tow truck arrived, he attempted to load the car. The car would
NOT roll forward…the rear wheels were locked! The car would roll
backwards, but not forwards. Later, the car wouldn’t roll backwards
either…at first…then after a clunk it would roll backwards for
a while. We finally got it loaded on the tow truck and it’s headed
to the local jag dealership.

What happened? AT first I thought it was a broken driveshaft. The large
puddle, if it was diff. fluid, proves that I had plenty of diff. fluid
in the pumpkin (I checked the diff. level last month). Why the locked
wheels? Is my pumpkin gone? Why wouldn’t the car go into “park”
when it first happened?__________________________________
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In reply to a message from marcus gentry sent Wed 11 Jun 2003:

You really need to get it up in the air…you will not know for
sure what it is until you uncouple the driveshaft. It probably is
the rear end. The only good news that I can offer is that there are
plenty of rear-end assemblies available because of rust-outs. Where
are you located? The wheels are probably locked because a piece of
casting is meshed in the gears.–
1975 XJ6C N. Wisconsin U.S.A.
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In reply to a message from cozy274 sent Wed 11 Jun 2003:

Sounds like what happened to me, Rear end went ballistic,
sometimes when the fluid level goes low they overheat. I’ve
also heard of a bolt working loose in the read end causing a
lockup. You might try ebay I’ve seen complete final drives
for 150.00. Good luck with it.

Regards
Mark–
The Composer
Valencia, United States
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