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Car locking up and wont move back or forward while accelorating

Had a car pull out in front while I was doing 100 up the M5 (from 100 to 50 in seconds). Had to brake very hard - drove ok to work. 4 hours later drove car - parked car turned off the motor for 15 minutes - no problem. Turning car back on and reversing car seemed very stiff - putting car in drive and accelorating car wouldn't move. Turned off motor and checked engine (oils leads etc) Got back in car and tried to turn car over - got all electrics but nothing on turning car over. Turned motor off - ran through the automatic gears and 4wd gears started car - car turned over but wouldn't move forward or back (could not be pushed either way either). Put car in reverse - accelorated hard - car "bunny-hopped" like the car was "caught or catching on something" - kept up acceloration then heard and felt something give way. Car was OK to drive. Have been advised it could be the drive shaft (even though the drive shaft was not loose or leaking or smelling of burnt oil) and/or oil pressure in brake drums (because of braking hard earlier - delayed response) as the car does not have ABS.

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  • mcouse Oct 09, 2009

    Obertelli
    Thanking you for your so-called "expert advice" and you were correct in your last paragraph when you stated "you may not like the way I've phrased it".
    Just to clarify a few points:

    1. I was doing 100 in a 110 klms zone - moving along with the rest of the traffic who were doing virtually the same speed. So your comment "irresponsibly selfish speed you drive at" was well within parameters.

    2. Your quote: "safety of any poor unfortunates who pull out in front of you in future" - the car with 3 MALE idiots did a U-Turn on the Motorway not giving a shyte who was coming. Considering the illegality of the situation I was the poor unfortunate.

    3. I had the car examined "twice" - Roadside assistance advised it could be the drive shaft but he could not find fault, leakage or smell to prove it was the drive shaft.

    4. I have had a mechanic also look at it and he advised that I had locked up the brakes and caused over excessive pressure in the drums which caused the brakes to lock when placing the car in reverse the first time after the incident. To continue reversing at ease without braking released the pressure (thus the bunny-hop motion) for the car to move properly.

    All the above was done BEFORE I wrote to FixYa. I wrote to FixYa to get more clarification as well as make sure there was nothing else wrong. I did not write to FixYa to get shyte from the likes of you.

    If you have another job dont give it up - if you are a mechanic then I would find something else as you are not suited. As far as I am concerned you don't belong on Forums with that attitude. People come here to get help not to get abused by someone who thinks he/she thinks they are superior. If I wanted to get abused I would ask my husband for help.

    I know THIS is not what you wanted to hear and you may not like the way I phrased it but it is the only thing I have to say to the disdain you treat others.

  • mcouse Oct 09, 2009

    Obertelli
    Thanking you for your so-called "expert advice" and you were correct in your last paragraph when you stated "you may not like the way I've phrased it".
    Just to clarify a few points:

    1. I was doing 100 in a 110 klms zone - moving along with the rest of the traffic who were doing virtually the same speed. So your comment "irresponsibly selfish speed you drive at" was well within parameters.

    2. Your quote: "safety of any poor unfortunates who pull out in front of you in future" - the car with 3 MALE idiots did a U-Turn on the Motorway not giving a shyte who was coming. Considering the illegality of the situation I was the poor unfortunate.

    3. I had the car examined "twice" - Roadside assistance advised it could be the drive shaft but he could not find fault, leakage or smell to prove it was the drive shaft.

    4. I have had a mechanic also look at it and he advised that I had locked up the brakes and caused over excessive pressure in the drums which caused the brakes to lock when placing the car in reverse the first time after the incident. To continue reversing at ease without braking released the pressure (thus the bunny-hop motion) for the car to move properly.

    All the above was done BEFORE I wrote to FixYa. I wrote to FixYa to get more clarification as well as make sure there was nothing else wrong. I did not write to FixYa to get shyte from the likes of you.

    If you have another job dont give it up - if you are a mechanic then I would find something else as you are not suited. As far as I am concerned you don't belong on Forums with that attitude. People come here to get help not to get abused by someone who thinks he/she thinks they are superior. If I wanted to get abused I would ask my husband for help.

    I know THIS is not what you wanted to hear and you may not like the way I phrased it but it is the only thing I have to say to the disdain you treat others.

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Sorry but there's too much going on here for anything other than guesses, and at the irresponsibly selfish speed you drive at any faulty advice could well be fatal.

Something may have locked up in your transmission (or possibly braking system), and you've then used a bit of guesswork and uneducated brute force to overcome the problem for now. Without any further symptoms this has now become impossible to diagnose remotely and an accurate diagnosis requires a thorough examination of the vehicle anyway.

The question you now need to ask yourself is whether you're prepared to risk the fault occurring again at speed. If that's when it next happens then at best you'll do some very expensive damage but it's most likely to also cause a total loss of control with potential fatalities.

For the safety of any poor unfortunates who pull out in front of you in future and for yourself stop wasting time here and get the vehicle looked at by either Toyota or a 4x4 specialist garage.

I know this isn't the solution you were looking for and you may not like the way I've phrased it, but it is the only correct answer to your question.

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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    Obertelli Oct 10, 2009

    I sincerely apologise for offending you, but 100 on the M5 where I am means "100mph on the M5 motorway". A 70mph road. You also didn't mention in the original question that you'd had the car examined professionally so it further suggested that you were a stereotypical irresponsible owner of an oversized, poorly maintained tank of a car. I'm happy to accept that you are not such a person.

    If you'd been more careful with the question then I wouldn't have got the wrong end of the stick: I'd spent the previous day picking body parts of what turned out to be two adults and one child from two wrecked vehicles on a motorway after a collision caused by a speeding motorist and had just finished writing my report when I saw your question. Three days before that I'd spent four hours searching in the undergrowth beside another road looking for the head and left arm of a motorcyclist who is suspected of having been speeding. The comments you didn't like were made with the best of intentions although I accept now that I shouldn't have made them.

    I'm not the only imperfect human here: you need to get your misandry under control. Why should the *** of the occupants of the other vehicle matter? Even if the other driver was at fault only one occupant was possibly an idiot, not all three. Just because you clearly don't get on with one male in your life doesn't justify directing your anger at all men. Exactly like I shouldn't have directed my anger at some motorists towards you.


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Sounds like the transfer box locking up and if that is the problem then get it looked at before it does damage when driving

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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  • Ronaldbrains Oct 10, 2009

    Yes i still think you have the problem in either transfer box or the diff locked up and that could happen again.

    But drain the diff and see if you get any steel out of it and if so thats your problem but i carnt see the beakes doing but you never no what can happen in a thing like that . Ron

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Sure wish we had an answer to this problem. My friends 1990 Subaru M/T, all W/D is doing the Same thing. Took it to the experts, but it runs OK when they drive it.

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