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Old 12 Feb 2007, 03:14 am
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Default 2002 MDX brake lockup

I recently bought a used 2002 MDX with 58K miles on it. Everything
looks good til today. After driving the car 1/2 miles from my garage,
coming close to a traffic light, the car's parking light, battery
light and oil light all come up at the same time on the dashboard. The
brake is applied without my foot stepping on it, the engine is still
working at that moment, I tried to steer to the right lane by applying
the gas, the steering wheel feels stiffer than normal, and the tension
increases as it goes.

After coming to a full stop, I restarted the car, the problem goes
away. I continue my trip for another 30 miles stop and go, everything
works as normally.

Anyone seen this before? Any idea what could be causing this? Your
help appreciated.

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Old 12 Feb 2007, 02:47 pm
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Default Re: 2002 MDX brake lockup

wingineering wrote:
> I recently bought a used 2002 MDX with 58K miles on it. Everything
> looks good til today. After driving the car 1/2 miles from my garage,
> coming close to a traffic light, the car's parking light, battery
> light and oil light all come up at the same time on the dashboard. The
> brake is applied without my foot stepping on it, the engine is still
> working at that moment, I tried to steer to the right lane by applying
> the gas, the steering wheel feels stiffer than normal, and the tension
> increases as it goes.
>
> After coming to a full stop, I restarted the car, the problem goes
> away. I continue my trip for another 30 miles stop and go, everything
> works as normally.
>
> Anyone seen this before? Any idea what could be causing this? Your
> help appreciated.
>

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I had a really old Volvo that did the 'automatic brakes' trick, but that
was because the valve in the booster stuck from time to time. Yours
sounds more like the traction control is getting some scrambled info and
applying a brake. If it's the kind you can disable with a switch, find
out how to do it just in case. The scrambled info could be generated by
a loose connection somewhere or maybe just a noisy alternator (I saw an
Odyssey TSB about that). For now, I'd disconnect the battery for a
minute and see if the 'ghosts' go away. If the CHECK ENGINE light is
staying on, get the code read before resetting anything.

'Curly'
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Old 14 Feb 2007, 06:44 am
Michael Pardee
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Default Re: 2002 MDX brake lockup

"wingineering" <wkyeung@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1171271673.264487.265540@k78g2000cwa.googlegr oups.com...
>I recently bought a used 2002 MDX with 58K miles on it. Everything
> looks good til today. After driving the car 1/2 miles from my garage,
> coming close to a traffic light, the car's parking light, battery
> light and oil light all come up at the same time on the dashboard. The
> brake is applied without my foot stepping on it, the engine is still
> working at that moment, I tried to steer to the right lane by applying
> the gas, the steering wheel feels stiffer than normal, and the tension
> increases as it goes.
>
> After coming to a full stop, I restarted the car, the problem goes
> away. I continue my trip for another 30 miles stop and go, everything
> works as normally.
>
> Anyone seen this before? Any idea what could be causing this? Your
> help appreciated.
>


A long shot (and people familiar with me must think I'm being a "broken
record" about this): check the engine ground, including tightness at both
ends. I say this because it is legendary for causing the screwiest symptoms
and is easy to check.

Mike


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