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Author: xtn Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 11712  
Subject: Re: UAI - Kia Sorrento Date: 9/4/2012 5:04 PM
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I'd encourage you to give it a try for yourself. Find an open bit of road, floor the throttle, and see what the brake does, both on the first press and again after a couple of pumps.

Like I said, I've experienced it. For real. Let's see... it would have been in 1985. Driving a 1969 Thunderbird with a 429ci V8 and a 3-speed automatic. Hydraulic, vacuum assisted brakes. Drums in the rear.

I floored it on an on-ramp to the highway, because the on-ramp was short and uphill, and mostly because I was a 16 year old male. The throttle return spring at the carb broke, which I didn't know until a few seconds later when I reached 70-ish mph and lifted off the throttle pedal and kept accelerating.

My best brake application brought it pretty quickly down to 60-ish mph (no, not as quickly as they would have without the engine runaway) by which time my momentarily confused brain made sense of the situation and I killed the ignition.

The first application of brakes did have a reasonably useful effect, and as such it never occurred to me to relax the pressure on them. I also applied them and held them instinctively, before my brain had a couple of seconds to work out what was going on, without thinking about their method of operation.

At least that's the way I remember it all these years later. It definitely was a memory making thirty seconds of life.

xtn
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