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Posted by Thibaud Taudin Chabot on August 6, 2008, 8:08 am
 
richard schumacher schreef:

Well, in this case driving slower was the wrong choice. I drove up the
hill pretty slow. The tyres lost grip because of the stones/gravel and
the traction control came in: the yelow light came on and stayed on.
Everything became quit. The engine didn't come in. The solution was: go
back a little and take that spot with lots of gravel faster so you have
the advantage of the momentum of the car. That did the trick.
Checked with the Toyota technician. I said that on all Toyota's except
the Prius you can disengage the traction control in these cases. The
reason it is not possible on the Prius is to prevent damage to the
electric motor.

Posted by Was Istoben on August 6, 2008, 2:23 pm
 


Good choice, and it is guaranteed to work as long as one has the momentum to
travel beyond the problem area.  I've used this several times.  Firestone's
Law:  The length of the problem area is inversely proportional to the depth
of the tread.


Posted by stratus46 on August 28, 2008, 7:36 am
 Was Istoben wrote:
 > >The solution was: go back a little and take that spot with lots of
gravel
 > >faster so you have the advantage of the momentum of the car. That
did the
 > >trick.
 >
 > Good choice, and it is guaranteed to work as long as one has the
momentum to
 > travel beyond the problem area.  I've used this several times.
Firestone's
 > Law:  The length of the problem area is inversely proportional to
the depth
 > of the tread.

You people treat this obviously glaring design fault like its the
drivers fault. It isn't.  It's just a dumb choice on Toyotas part -
just like that sorry excuse for ABS and the window lock button that
turns off the drivers buttons. In many ways it's a good, maybe even
great car but in other ways it's just the dumbest thing I've ever
owned. I hate it when the traction control / ABS does it's dumbness
but it's wonderful at the gas station. It bends and rattles a lot, and
G_d help you if your inseam is more than 33 inches as there is just no
way to get comfortable though a cushion from the 'Relax the Back'
store makes it bearable. On a day with a moderate crosswind it tends
to wander and it could sure use a bigger sway bar.  On a scale of 1-10
I give it a solid 5.

Glenn Gundlach

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on August 28, 2008, 9:50 am
 In article
 stratus46@yahoo.com wrote:


Huh.  Not mine.  28K miles.



YOU can't get comfortable, but I find it very comfortable--and I'm a
tall lardass, relatively speaking.

Posted by Was Istoben on August 28, 2008, 11:13 am
 

Right.  It makes so much more sense to sit there and spin your wheels when
you don't have traction.  This way the people behind you will understand why
you are at a standstill.   Of course, they will also know you outfit your
car with crummy tires.


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