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Re: [Shop-talk] Toyota Pedal Brouhaha

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Toyota Pedal Brouhaha
From: Todd Walke <>
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 21:33:58 -0800
Tony wrote:
>It seems to me that it would be easy to put a circuit in the cars computer
>that would override the dbw pedal if it sensed that the throttle was more
>than 1/4 down (or something like that) and the brake was full on.

         My drive-by-wire-throttle-equipped '01 Golf TDI has this feature.
         With the brakes applied, the rpms will be limited to 1200rpm no 
matter now much the throttle is pressed.  The brakes don't have to be 
pressed hard, once the brake switch lights the brake lights the throttle 
override activates.  You can get a quick throttle blip in a heel and toe 
downshift, though.
         I read that all German cars have this feature.  Audi was one of 
the first German makes with DBW, they had some throttle sticking type of 
problems and instituted the throttle override feature.  Other German 
marquee followed suit.

'86 GTI, Red of course. (exciting racey car) 270,000 miles
'01 Golf TDI, silver.   (new work car)       230,000 miles
'87 Golf, Polar Silver. (retired work car)   654,000 miles <- Gone to a new 
home :( <-Ferrari & VW stuff
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