So does anyone know, exactly, what the fix is?? Is it a mechanical modification to the gas pedal or does it involve replacing electronic control boxes…Are the new parts the same for all the recalled models or are there many different parts depending on model…
Just a narrow minded response after reading it. How far do we have to go, to complicate the internal combustion engine, to make them efficient to survive long enough to burn all that unused profit still left in the ground while keeping the multitude of parts suppliers employed ? There’s no easy answer when you can’t even replace your own gas pedal. The car has evolved into the ultimate form of socialism.
Looks like a feeding frenzy for lawyers, now and in the future…Lot’s of stuff going on backstage, that’s for sure…
The dealer will put a metal shim into the mechanism. Here’s a before and after cartoon, with story:
Economic Miracle, a postage stamp size of metal will solve the problem, I have no reason to doubt it, I sincerely hope that solves the problem, really I do!
Its just not just any postage stamp piece of metal. Its Precision !!!
well, if they had left the old throttle cable on their cars, this probably woild never happend.
The shim, which appears to disengage the part that induces a minor amount of friction in the gas pedal feel may not be satisfactory for all drivers but will have to do until enough new pedal mechanisms are available after new vehicle production requirements are met. Toyota had to do something for existing cars immediately.
The problem is determined to be the mechanical part of the throttle which can bind with wear and excessive moisture. That’s what the fix is for.
Agree this is a media hype and lawyer feeding frenzy; Class Action lwasuits are being launched in Canada and the USA already. Toyota has very deep pockets and the lawyers know this.
No doubt someone’s sex life will be ruined by this gas pedal problem as well. The lawsuits also will have a “Pain and Suffering” type of damage claim!
No, it’s the mechanical part of the gas pedal. The mechanical part of the throttle (on the engine) is not suspect.
“Its just not just any postage stamp piece of metal. Its Precision !!!”
I detect sarcasm.
If you look at the cartoons I referenced, you will see that it is a pretty precise little piece of metal. It fits into the grooves between the pedal and its mount. This is supposed to prevent binding but render the same level of friction that the original device was meant to provide. If it works, and DOT seems to think it will, it is an inexpensive and robust cure.
What it is is plastic junk…A little friction creator that gives the pedal a nice, smooth feeling and limits back-pressure on the drivers foot…But if this plastic mechanism gets sticky, for whatever reason, the throttle may stick in position like the cruise control was engaged…So they have made a little shim to separate the two parts so theoretically, they can no longer stick. Divers may notice slightly increased back-pressure on their right foot from the gas pedal…
A company called CST makes these pedal mechanisms. Another supplier, Nippon-Denso, makes them too…Their design (completely different) is not being recalled. A better “fix” would be to install the Denso part instead of modifying the troublesome CST part…The device in question, made out of plastic with a spring or two, fits in the palm of your hand and might cost $5 to manufacture…