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post #1 of 99 (permalink) Old 02-08-2019, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Almost got killed today when the CVT cut out.

I was driving home from work leaving a toll plaza today, when at 70 miles an hour the car lost power and died in the passing lane.

- Engine throttle would not respond initally
- Paddle shifters did nothing
- Car eventually stalled

I was able to use momentum to get me to the left shoulder, but only after about two cars almost hit me.

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For crying outloud...

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I was driving home from work leaving a toll plaza today, when at 70 miles an hour the car lost power and died in the passing lane.

- Engine throttle would not respond initally
- Paddle shifters did nothing
- Car eventually stalled

I was able to use momentum to get me to the left shoulder, but only after about two cars almost hit me.

3.6R Limited, 2017

For crying outloud...
Thankfully you’ve managed to avoid an accident! A close one, I’m sure.

Your thread title says the CVT cut out, but in your post you mention power loss. Did the car suddenly shut down or the transmission stopped transferring throttle to the wheels but the car was otherwise “on”?

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Engine dying will do that. Last time I experienced that I was 10miles east of Elko NV headed west at 75mph with my 25ft trailer in tow. Things kinda got quiet then kinda numb then I was like oh sh.... We gots no power. Rolled about a mile before I had a decent shoulder to roll off to. 5 hours later back on the road after 4 hours replacing a fuel pump in the Yukon. Nothing like dropping a fuel tank in a Napa Auto parts parking lot in 108 degree temps. That sucked!!!!
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How low on fuel were you when this happened? I am suspecting you were below 1/4 tank.

If so this is a developing problem that us H6 owners are reporting more often and it appears to be related to the transfer of fuel from the far side of the "saddle fuel tank" to the pump side.

Please let us know more detail if you have any such as what did you do to get going again?

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Heh. Thanks folks.

I forgot to mention that it shifted erratically just before this happened.

So I was in the power band getting up to speed and the transmission shifted all sorts of oddly, and I couldn’t give it power (it would go up a few hundred RPMs at best, then died).

I called the dealer from the side of the road, and the first thing they said was “Yep, sounds like the valve body on your transmission.”

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Of course, there are no codes stored. Also, the check engine light is NOT on… I waited a few minutes to calm down and then turn the car completely off, and attempted to restart it. Started with no problem...

Got in the far right lane and puttered home... car goes in first thing tomorrow.
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Oh yeah… Full tank of gas
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Engine dying will do that. Last time I experienced that I was 10miles east of Elko NV headed west at 75mph with my 25ft trailer in tow. Things kinda got quiet then kinda numb then I was like oh sh.... We gots no power. Rolled about a mile before I had a decent shoulder to roll off to. 5 hours later back on the road after 4 hours replacing a fuel pump in the Yukon. Nothing like dropping a fuel tank in a Napa Auto parts parking lot in 108 degree temps. That sucked!!!!
Sucked isnt the word I’d use... heh
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I was driving home from work leaving a toll plaza today, when at 70 miles an hour the car lost power and died in the passing lane.

- Engine throttle would not respond initally
- Paddle shifters did nothing
- Car eventually stalled

I was able to use momentum to get me to the left shoulder, but only after about two cars almost hit me.

3.6R Limited, 2017

For crying outloud...
Curious minds want to know, what toll plaza in Maryland has a 70 MPH speed limit after you leave the plaza?
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Curious minds want to know, what toll plaza in Maryland has a 70 MPH speed limit after you leave the plaza?
I don't know about Maryland specifically, but I've observed that some toll plazas in the Mid-Atlantic states have express lanes with signage urging drivers to maintain full speed, and even the more traditional sort don't see the complete stop/gradual return to speed that was common in the era of ticketed all-cash tolling.
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Does it matter? Or are you being holier than thou?

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