A MECHANIC mate was keen for me to see a broken accelerator he’d recently removed from a VZ Commodore. It had broken while the owner was overtaking a truck on the highway and the pedal immediately went to the floor and the engine to full throttle.
Fortunately, the driver threw the transmission into neutral and pulled the car up safely, with the engine revving at maximum speed.
It could have been much worse. Our mechanic mate found the plastic moulding retaining the accelerator pedal return spring had broken.
There was nothing to return the pedal to the idle position. It’s a bad design flaw, one that Commodore owners should be aware of.
We were also alerted to a Suzuki Kizashi that has paint chipping off in quite large chunks, making it look a bit like a spotted dog.
Suzuki is denying it’s a problem, claiming it’s because the owner is driving on unmade roads, but he doesn’t. Further, it’s chipping off surfaces that aren’t likely to be pounded by stones.