<VV> Unintended Acceleration - No Corvair

Joel McGregor joelsplace at earthling.net
Thu Aug 12 17:37:28 EDT 2010

My '89 Buick's cruise will hold it wide open under certain circumstances.  It isn't a big deal.  That's what brains, brakes and an ignition switch are for.  Mine is very repeatable.  If you turn on the cruise and immediately hit set it happens every time.  If you wait a half second before you hit set it's fine.  I can't tell you how many times I've had a branch or something snag a throttle cable on a dirt bike and hold it wide open.  They all had much better power to weight ratios than any car people are complaining about and it wasn't a problem with them either.  Stuff happens.  You should always be alert to what is going on.
Joel McGregor

From: virtualvairs-bounces at corvair.org [virtualvairs-bounces at corvair.org] On Behalf Of kenpepke at juno.com [kenpepke at juno.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2010 8:00 AM
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
Subject: Re: <VV> Unintended Acceleration

I agree.  I have already told of the experience with our new 1975 Buick 455.  It happened so quickly that our first thoughts were we had been hit from the rear ... next was to avoid collision with the vehicles in front of us ... then to hit the brakes.
Ken P

Tom Berg <thesuperscribe at yahoo.com> wrote: [in part]

I think it's a temporary short in the complex circuitry in modern cars, and/or
stray electro-magnetic interference. Neither thing is easily traceable or
repeatable, leading to scoffing by experts and dismissal of drivers as fools.
Some of them are, but sometimes they're not.

--Tom in Ohio

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