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Old 28 Sep 2008, 02:31 pm
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Default Sudden acceleration in 2002 Honda Accord?

On three occasions I have had a scary occurrence of sudden acceleration and stepping on the brake does not stop the car. I have had to throw the shift into neutral or park. The first time a nest of acorns were found around the throttle. The second time the throttle was cleaned out. Now they say I need a new throttle body for $625. There are only 32,000 miles on the car as it is only used six months of the year. It is very inconsistent but I am worried that it is a safety hazard. The brakes have been checked. Any ideas?Thank you.
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Old 28 Sep 2008, 02:46 pm
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In this case, it doesn't sound like something you should let go, it is a safety hazard. How much is your health worth? Unfortunately, foreign cars are usually much more expensive to repair.
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Old 28 Sep 2008, 03:01 pm
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check to make sure your cruise control isn't set for a higher speed and isn't working right with your brakes, its a little far fetched but i know that if you hit resume it will speed up the car as fast as it can to reach the speed you had previously set.
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Old 28 Sep 2008, 03:16 pm
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do you have cruise control? it could be faulting, but does seem like a throttle body problem it should be covered under warranty. check to see about any recalls on it
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Old 28 Sep 2008, 03:31 pm
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itsz that Vtec Kickin in!!
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Old 28 Sep 2008, 03:46 pm
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Sounds like the Throttle Position Sensor. When these usually go out it causes the RPM, or the rev of the car to jump causing it to speed up sometimes. Check this part out first before replacing the Throttle Body. The TPS snesor is located directly on the throttle body.
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Default Re: Sudden acceleration in 2002 Honda Accord?

I own a Honda
Accord, 2002, 6 cylinder. A few weeks ago I experienced an unintended
acceleration event. As I was pulling onto the highway, my car
artificially accelerated to 55MPH and NOTHING I did would slow the
car down. I tried to brake (with BOTH of my feet applied to the brake
pedal), I pulled the handbrake, I down-shifted to first gear and that
sucker was still barreling down the road at 55MPH. The car did not
slow down at al! I was fortunate to be able to get onto the shoulder
(still going 55mph) to buy some time and jammed the transmission into
park. The car finally came to a stop. I could have easily been killed
or have killed or injured others. Honda told me it was the cruise
control cable clips and throttle body that failed, even though I
NEVER use cruise control. The throttle had opened up wide. Nothing,
other than what I chose to do, would have stopped the car, short of
turning off the ignition, but I would have lost my steering
capabilities (which was all I had left). Another brilliant person
suggested that putting it in neutral would have stopped the car, but
after conducting an exhaustive search on the web, I discovered that
someone else with the same problem had tried that and the engine
burst into flames.Honda would do NOTHING for me and it cost $1100 to
repair. When the service person started the engine prior to the
repair, the rpms immediately went to 6500. It was a terrifying
experience that I wish on no one. So, please, don't tell people that
something like this can't happen. It can and does. The real problem
is that most drivers don't live to talk about it.
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