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Posted by on February 22, 2006, 10:11 pm
Once in a great while the car will lurch (slight jump) forward when I start
it although it's in Park. How can this be?

Posted by B. Peg on February 23, 2006, 4:08 am

Brake switch weak or mis-adjusted?

Mine requires a lot of pressure when going into D(rive) and consequently
doesn't lurch - but it is a pain to apply that much pressure.  I tend to
ignore it with regards to it being a problem.


Posted by on February 23, 2006, 9:58 am

The very moment I turn the ignition key to start the car it lurches forward.
I very rarely have my foot on the brake pedal when I turn on the ignition
because, heck, it's in (P)ark. Once I'm ready to put the car in motion then
I step on the brake lightly, set the drive selecter to either (R)evrse or
(D)rive) and away I go.
This unexpected motion happens usually when the engine is cold and the car
is facing a slight incline, but it happened recently after a fillup and
level ground. I drove home and shut off the engine. About 10 minutes later I
had another errand to run so I started the car and suddenly all my warning
lights lit up. It has the new updated computer since Xmas '04 so I don't
know what's going on now.

Posted by B. Peg on February 23, 2006, 1:50 pm
Mine's an '05.  It won't go into ON mode without me pressing firmly on the
brake peddle hence it won't lurch.  If it's in Park, it won't go into ON
mode without me pressing on the brake peddle firmly at first -- which is
somewhat annoying at times as it keeps me from starting faster as I have to
slow down and press the peddle before it will go into ON mode.

Sure your brake peddle switch is even working?  It would explain the lurch.


Posted by B. Peg on February 23, 2006, 1:52 pm

Correction, by ON I meant  "D"  for Drive.


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