I had a frightening experiance tonight. My 2000 Wagon (US) would not stop.
When I lifted my foot off the accelerator the car just kept on going at
the same speed. When I slowed it down using my breaks, the engine started
accelerating higher and higher. I had to shift it into neutral because my
breaks (which I had done yesterday) could not hold me back and the revs
kepr getting higher and higher.
Anybody else had or heard of the same problem? Can't trust it to drive now
thank god for my motorbike (Honda) had it 20 years and no problems <smile>
Would appreciate you assistance.
Your BRAKES should be looked at by a competent mechanic. If you were
standing on the BRAKE pedal and the car accelerated, there is something
very wrong with the BRAKE system.
As far as the unintended acceleration is concerned, I'd be looking very
closely at the cruise control and throttle cables and the throttle body
to make sure nothing's broken or damaged, which could certainly cause
the throttle to stick open.
Have you or anyone else done any work under the hood recently?
Any properly operating braking system will easily overpower the motor of
most cars. You should be able to drive with a wide open throttle, even keep
one foot on the gas pedal and still bring your car to a stop with the brakes
without a considerable increase in braking distance.
As he said, your brakes are suspect if you couldn't slow it down.
Don't know about this particular thread, but in general these periodic
unintended acceleration posts that pop up on various newsgroups from time to
time do seem to be a Trolling activity - a very special kind of Trolling.
Trolling for big bucks, as in class-action lawsuits. Didn't work in the 80s
with the Audi Victims Network fraud, won't work now either.
It is possible that this "malcolmm" guy is sincere, in which case he was
probably pressing the accelerator rather than the brakes by mistake. The
less likely situation is that he does have both a throttle problem and
almost useless brakes, but that's a pretty unusual combination.
OK, but reread your first post, and especially the subject title. It looked
like you were saying that the car sped up in spite of you applying the
brakes. Now that you have clarified it, this is a simple case of a stuck
throttle, which is something very different from "unexpected acceleration",
to quote you precisely.
Many people are unaware of the long and nasty history behind the issue of
"unintended acceleration" or the fact that there are nutball anti-corporate
activists and sleazy contingency lawyers constantly looking to fabricate a
case. That's why precision is important in discussing any such cases.
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