On another website, the question was asked: “What do I do if my gas pedal is stuck and I can’t shift into neutral?” The response was, first, never shift into neutral and risk a blown engine. Then turn the key one position from on to accessory, brake to a stop and shift into park. For me that response is wrong on so many counts.
- A blown engine from shifting into neutral is far more acceptable than a high speed crash (IMO).
- If you’re still in drive, depending upon how much power your engine is making and how much brake pad you have left, you may not be able to stop the car before your brakes are gone.
- If you can’t shift into neutral why would you think you can shift into park)
- Most modern cars no longer have an ignition key, but rather a fob and a push button.
Regarding # 3 above, the questions become: a) if you can/do shift into neutral, will the engine shut off if you push the button, and b) if the engine does shut off, will that lock the steering wheel?
I have always heard that the first thing you should do if you’re driving and your throttle sticks is to shift into neutral (as noted in #1 above), then begin braking, move to the side of the road and then shut of the car. I’d like to get some opinions on this subject.