Today I was driving my sister’s car that had just come out of the shop. I was following her to a gas station just a street or so down.
I did not notice any issue turning on to the street, but as I was going down this short stretch of street I noticed the RPMs were accelerating, as was the car, even after letting off the gas.
I began trying to brake normally, but the brakes had a great deal of force, and wouldn’t allow me to slow it much. I managed to slow it down to 10mph, and was trying my best to get the brake down more, as I was just a few meters from barreling through an intersection.
I had no time to try and slow it down at that point, I had to throw it into park going 5-10mph while the RPMs kept shooting up. I managed to call my sister in a hurry, saying “the car won’t stop”, just before I had to push it into park.
She pulled over just prior to me, as she noticed me going to the side of the road multiple times trying to stop (I had to dodge a lot of parker cars so I couldn’t stay to the side).
From the spot that I realized it wasn’t braking to the spot where the stop sign was was a very small stretch so unfortunately I had no time to slow down any other way.
As a considerably new driver I freaked out and wasn’t sure if I should use the emergency brake or not, but now I feel like it would’ve been better.
Finally stopped safely, my sister came over to the car and we called the auto shop, just a street away. They asked her to try to start it and see how it went. She started the car and the RPMs immediately shot to 4-5, sucking up most of the remaining gas. She turned it off and they came out to check it. They restarted it, and it revved up many times once again as it sat there in park. It was taken back to the car shop.
The mechanic put gas in it and checked it out again, test drove it, and handed it back.
The car just had the fuel pump replaced, and they said that sometimes Chrysler’s computer do a reset, and that it being so low on gas made the computer go crazy and push the engine or something.
Any how, it ran fine after that, and but the experience was very alarming and left me with a lot of questions.
- Will this happen again? My current car is supposed to be replaced with this car so I worry about the longevity of it after this. I was going to keep my other car just in case of course, but this has become a question of safety more so than reliability at this point.
- The mechanic didn’t say I had done any damage, but could I have harmed anything forcing it into park going up to 10mph?
- Is there any other info or tips on something like this? I still don’t truly understand this.
Sorry for the long post, tried to give a fair amount of details.