Last post on Feb 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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#206 of 209 Re: Can a broken break switch speed up the car? [thadson]
Jan 08, 2013 (7:12 am)
This happened to me yesterday. I have a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. As I was merging onto the highway I stepped on the gas peddle and then my car just took off on its own I felt the engine speeding up. I tried to step on the brake but it wouldn't go down it was like the brake was stuck and I had absolutely no control over stopping my car and it seemed to speed up on its own. Thankfully there was no traffic on the highway and eventually after about two minutes this finally stopped and I resumed control over my car. Very scary.
#207 of 209 Re: Can a broken break switch speed up the car? [danaschanke]
Jan 08, 2013 (7:46 am)
Brakes can ALWAYS over come engine power if applied before they get hot (brake fade), or at least with cars such as yours which is not a high performance car with gobs of extra hp and torque. But with what happened to you, apply HARD in this situation within a second or two of realizing you have a hard pedal. Reasons for a hard pedal are few, especially when you factor in whatever the reason for the runaway accelerator pedal. But the probable reason is that brakes use vacuum assist on your car. When the engine is revved quite high, vacuum availibility is low. But in your case, it would seem that you also have a leak in your power brake booster, which allows it to lose a normal reserve of vacuum. Usually you would have still had initial strong vacuum assist from before, providing you didn't pump it away. Just apply the brakes and hold them until you safely pull the car down to a stop, and then turn the key to off..as in off to turn engine off, but not off as in all the way to lock if you are still moving, as that would also lock your steering.
So in your case, you have two things or more going on here. The high rev throttle and a vacuum brake assist leak. Does your car have cruise control?
I won't get into stability control and all that that can entail in trouble shooting your particular scene here, but i don't think your car has SC..so is moot at this time anyway.
But, remember, you still had brakes, but you would have had to push WAY WAY WAY harder than you are accustomed to when you have vacuum assist provided by normal engine RPM's even tho it seems you have a leak.
#208 of 209 Static issue
Jan 08, 2013 (3:21 pm)
why don't you just spray your cloth seats with static guard?
Feb 13, 2013 (12:33 pm)
I have a 2007 Hyundai Elantra.
I was fixing my sun visor and shorted the wires which blew my acces fuse. I changed that fuse, but since then My dash lights, electric windows, door locks, trunk release, tail lights are all not working. I have checked all the fuses but they are fine.