I have enjoyed your column in the Minneapolis paper over the years. Now I have a problem I hope you can help me with.
In December, I was parked in a space at a supermarket and the car ahead of me was backing out. To avoid backing out of my space, I started my car and put it in drive to pull into the newly vacated space. I had my foot on the brake to avoid going too fast. My car revved and I kept pressing the brake and finally it stopped without hitting anyone or anything. I took it to the dealership and they ran a diagnostic on it and took it for a test drive. Nothing showed up.
On January 4 I was backing out of my driveway into the alley when I had my foot on the brake again to avoid going too fast. The car again revved with me pressing on the brake. It finally stopped. My adult daughter was in the car with me this time. I called the dealership on Monday and made an appointment to bring it in on January 8. I again explained the problem and they gave me a loaner car to drive. They contacted Subaru America. The lady called me on the 14th and said a quality control person would come out on the 25th. The dealership called me on the 16th and said my car was ready to be picked up. I told them about the QC guy coming out and he checked and said it was ready to be picked up. Nothing was found. When I picked it up, it was covered in snow. We had not had snow for 2 days. The paperwork they gave me was exactly the same as the previous diagnostic check so I had no idea what was done.
I called the lady from Subaru America and she said the technical people looked at it and they would not send a QC person out for that. I then spoke with the Service Manager and he said they had 4 different people look at it who found nothing. I asked if brake fluid could have leaked into the power booster or if the master cylinder could be leaking brake fluid in the power brake booster or if there was any corrosion anywhere. Nothing.
I am leery about driving it. I do not want to cause an accident. I am a senior citizen and use a walker but I KNOW I was stepping on the brake. Also, my floor mat is held down with pegs so that hadn’t slipped.
I’m sorry this is so long but felt I needed to let you know the whole story. Thank you for any advice you can give me.