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Old 12-10-2012, 02:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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My kill switch is a momentary switch mounted on the gear shift. Here's why:

When I'm going to kill the engine, I'm often also going to coast for some distance, which means I'll be shifting into neutral to do it. Having the kill switch on the shifter means I can do both in one action - squeeze the momentary button while sliding into neutral.

Where's the shifter in your Rav4? I see it's an automatic, but I'm not sure if it's on the column or floor-mounted.

EDIT: have you researched whether it's OK (for the health of the transmission) to coast your car with the engine off? Usually the owner's manual will indicate if the car can be "flat towed" -- all 4 wheels on the ground -- in neutral. If so, it means the transmission is designed so it won't suffer potential damage from lack of lubrication while moving with the engine off.
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