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Re: Unintended Acceleration
What would happen if you hold the accel button and hit the brakes at
the same time? Does the brake override the accel?
Just food for though
Tim 90CQ, 77Spitfire(top down today!)
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Subject: Re: Unintended Acceleration
Author: rdh@UrQ.East.Sun.COM at Internet
Date: 4/19/96 1:35 PM
To the esteemed Audiphiles: I have had 2 experiences of unintended
acceleration with my '90 V8Q. Both happened while driving at highway
speeds. Basically driving along with cruise off and the throttle pedal
went to the floor. Very disconcerting. Tried playing with the cruise
switch but no change. Also in fairly heavy traffic so I needed to use the
brake to keep from climbing into the back seat of the car in front of me.
It is true that brakes will overcome the motor, but not as easy at speed
as at rest. Anyway, manuevered (sp?) to the shoulder and cut the
ignition, pulled to a stop. Regained professional demeaner, restarted
motor and took off. No further occurances in the last 12 months. ??
This once happened to me . . . dealer -- for whatever reason -- had
removed bottom panel of steering column; when reinstalling, they managed
to drive the left-side screw through the wiring harness of the cruise
control . . . [just one of several reasons why I wouldn't trust Pass
Weitz to change the oil, let alone "work" on the car anymore] so that the
"accel" button was "asserted".
You might have frayed-wire/loose-connector[/berserk-computer?] which
looks like "accel" button engaged.
Dunno 'bout them V8Qs, but most cruise controls have a "master power"
(aka OFF) switch somewhere . . . (of course engaging the brakes should
also tell the berserk computer to quit cruisin'!).
German electrics make Lucas Prince of Darkness blush with shame . . .