I have a 1997 Caravan [short wheelbase, base model] with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
After it sits [off] for a few hours, the shifter will get stuck in park. A little jiggling and a hard pull down and it will eventually be coaxed into getting in gear.
The shifter, when it "breaks out of park" does make a harsh, plasticy sound, like I forced something in the shifter to move, when it really didn't want to.
However the transmission itself doesn't really clunk into gear after forcing it to shift. (Certainly no more than usual for a 14 year old vehicle with 108k miles.)
I thought it might be related to parking on a [very slight] incline at work, but it was tricky to get it out of park after letting it sit for 2 days on my completely flat driveway.
Any suggestions for resolving such an issue? Also what would it sound/feel like if the parking pawl didn't want to disengage because of an incline?