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Old 11-20-2009, 08:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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This is why ALL gas pedals should be hinged at the bottom, not the top.
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Or just disable the TPS when the brake pedal is pressed. That's probably a lot easier to implement. Software changes do not cost much.

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work with your fellow ecomodder here, all cars are unsafe without a momentary contact kill switch in easy reach.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:31 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I wonder why nobody seems to think about the real problem: the monumentally stupid switch! Now if it had a key ignition, like just about every other car in the world, all the driver needs to do is to turn the engine off.

Then there are (apparently) other stupidities as well, like not having a transmission that would go into neutral... The more I read about this, the more I think that Toyota is going to be paying out a big chunk of money in damage awards.
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Make the switch push-off/pull-on just like the emergency disconnects in industrial equipment. Then the instinctive response to an out of control car would be to punch the red button, which would disconnect all power. It would also be the normal power switch so it would be less likely to silently fail closed.
Actually, I've put this kind of "kill switch" in series with the ignition switch on all of my cars. Old racing habit. Never liked the momentary kind, if I want the engine off I want it to stay off. I remember a story of a stock car racer who fitted his car with a "momentary" kill switch, then needed to kill the engine on a road course. Old time days, manual recirculating-ball steering, takes two hands, he kept taking his thumb off the kill switch every time he went back to steering. Provided some real comic relief to the writer of the article in, I think, Circle Track. Since I don't drive ANYTHING that is really stock, and since all modifications have a certain "uncertainty factor", a fire extinguisher and a kill switch are usually early additions.
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One time I was driving my '81 Celica, and the gas pedal was sticking a bit. I kicked the restriction and then it felt almost normal. The whole pedal hinge had rusted off, and I had my foot on the next bit of linkage. No Problem.
Then there was the time I was driving a Morris Minor and I had a Coke bottle roll underneath the brake pedal. It did roll back again so I could have a second try, but it was a tad alarming.

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Given that cars can always stop faster than they can accelerate, wouldn't just standing on the brake pedal have fixed this?
BTW, I've had cops tailgate me twice, hoping to get a speeding ticket. Then they both checked me for drinking. Sorry, guys, just saving gas.
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Given that cars can always stop faster than they can accelerate, wouldn't just standing on the brake pedal have fixed this?
BTW, I've had cops tailgate me twice, hoping to get a speeding ticket. Then they both checked me for drinking. Sorry, guys, just saving gas.
That's what I was thinking until I read this :

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To make matters worse, NHTSA also noted issues with the braking system from an earlier ES 350 investigation. Autoblog again quoted the agency as stating, "...the Lexus ES braking system loses power-assist when the throttle is fully opened, increasing braking distance fivefold." That's a heaping helping of "not good."
The blame for this one lies with the carputer programmers.

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This is why ALL gas pedals should be hinged at the bottom, not the top.
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The old-time stuff almost always had that. It went away and I think for the better.

Old VWs had all the pedals come up from the floor. They got really rusty/crusty down there and ultimately non-functional. Not a problem with "hanging" pedals.

My '59 Bel Air has a floor-hinged pedal. The pedal pivot is a dual ball and socket arrangement with somewhat of a snap fit. I suppose it could get popped off, and I'm sure that has happened to somebody, but even if the pedal came off completely the linkage is still right there and functional.

"Hanging" gas pedals pivot too and I think they are somewhat more comfortable.
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"To make matters worse, NHTSA also noted issues with the braking system from an earlier ES 350 investigation. Autoblog again quoted the agency as stating, "...the Lexus ES braking system loses power-assist when the throttle is fully opened, increasing braking distance fivefold." That's a heaping helping of "not good."
The blame for this one lies with the carputer programmers."
Gosh, my old Toyota was good for at least two full stops on the reserve vacuum when I did EOC down mountains, and I could still do a hard stop if I had to. Is this a computer issue screwing up those basics?

BTW, the guy who landed the Gimli Glider used his muscles to cross-control and sideslip a whole airliner. People get strong in emergencies. I don't think he even asked the co-pilot to help.

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