Tuesday night we had some interesting weather.
Real heavy lightening.
A friend was comming back from Hazard on the Mt. Parkway
and had a nearby lightening strike. His engine car died and
he was able to pull offto the side safely.
It wouldn't restart. The engine wouldn't even crank.The EMP from
the nearby lightning strike killed the ECM, igniton system, alternator
diodes and regulator, fuel pump and the fancy after market radio/sound
system. It was a 2003 Civic.
I don't want to think what would happen if it was a "die by wire"
A friend of mine had a similar incident with her 2003 Hyundai Accent.
Lightning struck the car and damaged the computer module and stereo
I am skeptical of electronics in place of mechanicals for transmissions,
throttle, etc. Electronics and software do not always equate into greater
reliability. I am doing whatever I can to keep my '93 Accord going
forever. At least my car is a mostly stripped down base model with a
minimum of electronics.
I think this is pretty much true... Our survival craft in the North Sea had
diesel engines in the early
days. 'In theory' they would start without batteries, no ignition to
I see no real need for the system described here as drive by wire. It would
seem to add a layer
of complexity, and therefore potential failure, without offering any obvious
Where do you people come up with this crap!? Twenty-five years ago,
me and my buddies spent 5 hours stranded in the middle of a huge lake
because the electronic ignition on the state-of-the-art motor took a
Only drive by wire tech I can find on the Honda is a Throttle System. I
would hope that if there is a loss of power that the system supplies a
small throttle input until you pull off the road and shut the car down???
That's because of the car shows on TV. They show the prototype drive by
wire vehicles as basic body modules you can just plug into one
platform. You know, drive the sports body for the week and drop the SUV
body on for the weekend type trip...
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No, it's because fly-by-wire technology has been around for quite a
while and is relatively well known in aircraft. The misapplication of
the term drive-by-wire to electronic throttle control which has been
around in the heavy diesel world but not hyped as "drive-by-wire"
It's old news in cars, too. I recall being completely amazed upon
reading the Helm manual for my girlfriend's 2 yr old '87 Cad De Ville
and learning I could access and read and manually manipulate all the
car's control voltages from the environmental control display. And
sure enough, the throttle valve opening was a 0-10 volt range from all
the way closed to all the way open. My first look at the wide world
of car computers! Quite the revelation for me at the time.
I think you're referring to the Throttle Position Sensor, a.k.a. TPS,
not electronic throttle. Engine computers have had sensors to monitor
throttle position for years, at least since the advent of fuel
injection. This has nothing to do with electronic throttle control where
the computer actually has control of the throttle position.
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