Auto Park REPAIRED! We were able to disengage the Auto Park feature, take it to a mechanic, get the leak in the Actuator cylinder repaired. Cost was about $500, but that is because we had the mechanic remove and replace the cylinder. The actual cylinder repair was only $118.
Some had asked for the issue, so here you go...
The morning after I bought my 1997 Land Yacht, I started the engine to take it for standard maintenance ( oil change, etc). I was in a Walmart parking lot and drove about 40 feet when the Auto Park light came on and the emergency brake engaged. The RV slid to a stop in the parking lot traffic lane.
I read the GM manual about the feature, and went online to find out where it was located on the RV. I crawled under and found the box, taking the access plate off. Seeing no Dexron III in the reservoir, I went into Walmart and bought a bottle of the fluid. I poured it in, started the RV and able to go....about 40 feet before the light came on again and the RV locked. I was close to a parking space so I gassed it to force it the extra ten feet into the space.
I crawled under again to see the reservoir empty again. So, I put on the chocks, put more fluid in and positioned myself to see the cylinder and to be in a safe position if it rolled, then had my wife put on the foot brake and put the RV into gear. Of course, the RV didn't move, but the cylinder spit out the fluid in a nice, clean stream like pouring a fresh can of oil.
We found an Auto Park specialist out of Oregon who showed us how to disconnect Auto Park from the emergency brake so that we could drive the RV. We did this in 20 minutes and took it to the mechanic.
If anyone needs the contact info of the Auto Park specialist in Oregon, who can provide diagrams to disconnect as well as has a service who repairs the cylinder at a very reasonable price, please contact me directly.