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Run away Toyotas

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by sliverbulletexpress, Mar 8, 2010.

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  1. sliverbulletexpress

    sliverbulletexpress TS Member

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    Don we have a generation of nitwit drivers these days? I've had to drive a lot of junker cars in my younger years just because I was poor. I can't even remember the number of times the gas pedal would stick, either from my shade tree mechanics or just wore out or poor design. I had a Chevy that would hang up the gas if you got on it because the motor mounts were broken and the engine would raise up and bind the mechanical linkage. One time in the late 70's I had a defective cruise control take off on me. Never at any time did any of these incidents cause me to wreck. I either put the clutch in or slapped into neutral, problem solved.

    To educate those who don't know what to do here goes.

    1 Don't Panic!!! If you have a unintended acceleration immediately push in the clutch or put the car in neutral. It is not true that you can't put any car that I know of in neutral from drive, the lock outs don't stop this, the steering wheel will not lock up. Practice this parked somewhere safe, reacting by pushing in the clutch or slipping it into neutral.

    2 Do not shut the engine off, repeat do not shut the engine off. Leave the engine running as it provides braking and steering assist. The engine will rev and make terrible noises but don't worry about that, many newer cars have rev limiters and they will rev up and down and sound terrible but disregard that.

    3 You will be in a coasting situation now so look for a safe place to pull over, put on your turn signal, brake the car normally and come to a complete stop. The engine will be raising all kinds of hell but pay no attention to it.

    4 Once you are stopped in a safe place shut the engine off, leave the car in neutral for now and apply the emergency brake. The engine may not shut right off, it may keep running and making noises, it may backfire and sound like it's exploding, disregard all this. Once the car engine has died and your positive it's off then and only then slam it into park. Stay in the car until the engine has died and then if it's safe to exit the vehicle if you want but it's usually better to stay put.

    5 Call for help.

    I sincerely hope this helps someone.
     
  2. lbshootin

    lbshootin Active Member

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    We had a run-away Prius today on Interstate8 East Bound, leaving San Diego, heading to Arizona, the thing hammered down on its own, according to the News..Guy had a handsfree cell phone and was able to call 911 for help, News didn't say how fast he was going, but they dispatched a helo to track him and a couple of cars to try to catch him.. took him 35 miles to get control of it back!.. He said the CHP called the local Toyota dealership, they told them to tell the driver if possible to hold the "Start" button in until the engine turned off.. Now mind you, other than the up and down of hills, there ain't much bend to the road..after it stopped, and the CHP cars caught up, he wouldn't get back in the thing..had to dispatch a drive-on tow truck to take back to the dealer..(I drive a 2006 Ford F250 4x4)..no dang ole Jap cars for me!.....LarryB
     
  3. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    Any one remember when Audi had to defend itself? Drivers said that the Audi 500 a 5 cylinder engine that could hardly get out its own way was accelerating on its own and over riding the brake system. No doubt that there is a problem with the Toyota products but "blown out of proportion" comes to mind.
     
  4. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    FOX news tonight reported the car was going 90 mph. Also reported was that Toyota workers told the plant managers years ago about this problem and they chose profits over safety. Maybe these guys know more then whats reported.
     
  5. andybull

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    Prius cars are drive and shift by wire. There is no way that you can follow sliverbulletexpress's directions and hope to live. 2008 Prius owner of over 120,000 miles without a hiccup.
     
  6. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    The reported way to stop a Toyota runaway is to apply the foot brake while shifting into neutral (brake/shifter interlock) and then steering it to a stop before turning the ignition off.
     
  7. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    I would think you just need to go until the cord gets yanked out
     
  8. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    How about a kill switch, this would make the repair less costly before they go out of business.
     
  9. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    GM has recalled a bunch of vehicles in the last few days. Not much media attention. I guess it's dog pile on Toyota.
     
  10. tom-n8ies

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    They should give one to Pelosi to drive to the airport.

    tom
     
  11. omgb

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    The same computer that controls acceleration also controls the shifting. In every runaway report, shifting to neutral did nothing. In key less ignition cars, even the shutdown was over-ridden by the failed computer.
     
  12. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

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    What did Toyota do, put HAL9000s in them?
     
  13. folothru

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    TOYOTA doesnt know if the fix will work on recalled toyotas , so now on all serviced realls // new cars they are giving you a free roll of toilet paper look in glove box after your car is serviced
     
  14. 635 G

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    Honestly, any car that can't go into neutral when the shifter is placed in neutral, should have an emergency engine shut down button similar to the 4-way button on the dash-little embarassing , but it will be a fail safe-- I think this should be required on all cars.

    Phil Berkowitz
     
  15. SirMissalott

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    If Toyota had UAW socialist hussain in control you wouldn't be hearing a peep!!
     
  16. likes-to-shoot

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    reddottm1..........Google is your friend.
     
  17. halfmile

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    Can't wait till they install steer by wire, this would make for some real exciting times.

    Shift by wire? REALLY a dumb idea.

    HM
     
  18. CalvinMD

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    If I owned one of those terds...I'd want Toyota to install a detonator..remote of course,..on push of the button and Geico on speeddial
     
  19. englishupland

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    How does onstar shut a car down?? Toyota could implement that?
     
  20. andybull

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    englishupland:

    I didn't need to have Onstar turn my Duramaxed GMC off. It did it on it's own at a parking lot.
     
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