It is the rev limiter. It is designed to protect your engine when the revs hit the red line. Rev limiters are very annoying, but it is better to have them than not due to the fact that modern engines are very powerful and rev up too fast. Over-revving the engine could definitely cause a major problem. Just watch that tachometer and drive safely.
Are you insane, it's an automatic!, of-course if you select low (L) it will hit the rev limiter and stall, thank goodness I don't have a "car expert" like you servicing my vehicle!
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I know this post is quite old, but let me post anyway for the general information of everyone. 2 reasons why you stalled:
1. Fuel cut-off: a safety mechanism to protect the engine from over revving.
Try it more than once...
2. Throttle reset (off position) : another safety mechanism to protect the car from abusive drivers. Can be reset to normal setting by your local dealer upon your next PMS service.
When #2 happens, you'll feel a slight loss of power and sluggishness in your car. If you want to get rid of them, switch to rapid response ECU. You'll get electronic rev limiter instead of fuel cut-off & throttle reset. But if you keep up with your habit you'll break your camshafts in no time.
Yup. Most definitely a rev limiter. Now why don't you be a good boy and stay out of the red line so you don't blow your engine.
Just about every car made after 1990 has a rev limiter to you blow up your engine. If you really to know if your car has this protection, try flooring the gas pedal when in nuetral.
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