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Posted by Mike Furlan on December 19, 2005, 8:55 pm

Bill wrote:

Why should sliding on ice cause warning lights to come on?

Merely a coincidence?

Posted by Bill on December 19, 2005, 10:59 pm

I was barely moving when I slid into the snow bank, Mike.  Had you been
there you could have reached the bank faster on foot.  I watched for the VSC
light and didn't see it or any other warnings aside from the slippery road
indicator.  After the snow stopped me I put it in reverse, noted that it
wasn't going to back out, installed the tow bolt, and walked home.  The next
day, after removing about 10' of the bank in front of the car, it
effortlessly came forward with slight pressure on the gas in conjunction
with a gentle pull from the Explorer.  There were no alarms when I left it
running to take my neighbor home.  The alarms came on as I was driving away,
after about 100 yards.

Posted by dbs__usenet on December 23, 2005, 8:34 am
My interpretation of what happened was that he slid into a snow bank.
It sounds like he drove into it some small distance (feet).  Enough that
he could not get it out and left it overnight.

It sure sounds like one of the sensors was messed up or disconnected
during the accident or while it was being towed out of the snow bank.
I've seen snow banks flatten the sheetmetal fenders up in show country.
It would make sense that the snow refreezing into ice under the car
might snag a wire.

I hope the dealer said to tow it.  People freeze to death in cars that
break down in that weather.  Any car that has a check engine light after
an accident should not be driven at all till the cause is isolated.

Posted by Michael Pardee on December 23, 2005, 12:03 pm
I'm embarrassed that this most logical explanation didn't occur to me.


Posted by Bill on December 23, 2005, 2:40 pm

While that explanation is both reasonable and logical, it doesn't explain
why the alarms didn't come on until the car had run for 15 minutes and gone
100 yards.  The car was cold when I got stuck, having been run for less than
a minute.  I doubt there was melting and refreezing under the engine and I
only removed a couple of shovels of snow from in front of the right front
wheel.  The car was stuck in a situation that a conventional car could have
been "rocked" out of and would have easily backed itself out if I'd had a
couple of guys to push and wasn't worried about bending the soft metal body.
I'm heading for the dealer this morning, hybrid warning and all, so perhaps
I'll find out what went wrong when I pick it up next Tuesday.


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