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Throttle cables have downsides as well, when they get old they fray and can get caught just as easily. If you replace them every 12-15 years it shouldn't be an issue though. But anything mechanical can jam as well.
Mine made it 24 years, and for about a month before it stuck it was getting hard to press. Most people would take it to a shop at that point, or fix it themselves if they're a gearhead like myself. I couldn't afford that, and even after it stuck I simply shut the engine off, unjammed it and used the remaining non-sticky portion for another month or two.



[/quote]Yes and no, they do lock but I have yet in my experience to find one that if you gave it a firm quick tug wouldn't come out of gear. Mind you it would grind and scream, but you could still do it. But as you said even if it did, push the clutch in. OR shut the engine off, just make sure you don't pull the key all the way back....lol the locking steering wheel might suck.[/QUOTE]

Some transmissions may do it easier than others. The one in my mom's old 2003 Ranger would come out of gear pretty easily, even with power on. The one in my 1995 Nissan vocally objected, but would eventually comply if the issue was forced. The 4-speed in my F150 absolutely won't budge if you're giving it enough juice to accelerate. At full throttle you'd likely rip the shift rails out of the gearbox before it came out of gear.

As for the key...I've driven some 20 or so vehicles new enough to have a wheel lock. On every single one of them, there was an off position between where it locks and where it activates the ignition, and in order to get the key into that position, you either had to press a button(Manual cars) or put it in Park(Automatics). So this is a pretty safe bet to do.
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As for the key...I've driven some 20 or so vehicles new enough to have a wheel lock. On every single one of them, there was an off position between where it locks and where it activates the ignition, and in order to get the key into that position, you either had to press a button(Manual cars) or put it in Park(Automatics). So this is a pretty safe bet to do.
That's what I said in the other thread.
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OK no matter what you can stop that car. In neutral you can pull over to the side like nothing has changed. E-Brake and your done. But, there is a lot of hogwash being thrown around. Check out Popular Mechanics Anatomy of Toyota's Problem Pedal: Mechanic's Diary. "Some can probably be explained as an attempt to get rid of a car consumers no longer desire." People do that all day long with other cars. There are lots a way to get rid of a car. This could be one and way to get potentially paid.
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OK no matter what you can stop that car. In neutral you can pull over to the side like nothing has changed. E-Brake and your done. But, there is a lot of hogwash being thrown around. Check out Popular Mechanics Anatomy of Toyota's Problem Pedal: Mechanic's Diary. "Some can probably be explained as an attempt to get rid of a car consumers no longer desire." People do that all day long with other cars. There are lots a way to get rid of a car. This could be one and way to get potentially paid.
As I said before... if you're too stupid to figure out how to stop the car, you probably shouldn't have been driving in the first place.

On top of that, I have trouble even rationalizing how someone that stupid could survive past childhood.
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As I said before... if you're too stupid to figure out how to stop the car, you probably shouldn't have been driving in the first place.

On top of that, I have trouble even rationalizing how someone that stupid could survive past childhood.
Yeah you'd think natural selection would have taken care of them by the time they're old enough to get behind the wheel.
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As I said before... if you're too stupid to figure out how to stop the car, you probably shouldn't have been driving in the first place.

On top of that, I have trouble even rationalizing how someone that stupid could survive past childhood.
Because children can't drive.
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The man was 61 years old it took more talent and coordination for him to use to his cell phone or even harder his Bluetooth. Than it would have to put it in neutral and E-Brake.
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Hmmmm, um, i dunno bout everyone else here, but my first instinct would be to turn the car off?

Sadly, i've actually seen this happen before, (i'm an auto electrician by trade btw), the local Toyota dealer had a third year who took a car down the road from the customer drop off to the service area, it got stuck, the car drove off down the road, came to an "T" intersection (coming from the bottom of the T unfortunately), crossed the intersection and into the house across the road.

so now toyota gets the build a new house, give the customer a new car and the third year...well hes still cleaning his pants

Though, the bloke did well not to put the car into a house/person/pole/other car/etc again lets be honest, 90mph isn't exactly mach1 (though yeah its still pretty damn fast, about 145km/h on our scale over here), he was safe as long as he didn't round outta road ala the movie speed *go under 90 and your explodes!*
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You guys got to watch this totally related video.
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It was not "bitter sarcasm", it was a satire of the absurdity of your statement that if one runs out of gas, it is due to stupidity. There are myriad reasons one might run out of gas. I've run out of gas several times, and none of them were due to stupidity. According to your logic, that is statistically improbable.
Care to leave it up to a poll? I would think that if a person runs out of gas due to a defect, mind you, IF, they would have the capacity to get the problem fixed. I don't know about the people you talk to, but I don't know many people who have problems with running out of gas due to problems outside of their control. And unless you think that normal people go through the gas problems that you have suffered (which, if you didn't already know, isn't normal for most people nowadays), I think if you're running out of gas every other Tuesday, you may have made some deeper errors.
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