Ok, but what about the park rod. It looks to be in good shape and I don't think any piece got broken off into the parking pawl like some people I have read about. But I could only get the transmission to manually shift into all 6 gears when the park rod was removed...would that have something to do with the band struts not being in place? Should it correct itself when I get those back on?
The struts being out of position probably caused everything.
Did you mess around with the band adjuster to make them fall out of place?