According to reports on discussion boards, some Toyota made cars (including the Lexus luxury brand) has what amounts to a cheat code to turn off the VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management).
Better take a pen and paper:
....start the car with the parking brake on ....then foot brake twice....(keep the foot brake down)....then parking brake twice (keep it down )and repeat till skid light is on the dash.....it will reset when you restart the car.
This is said to be described in the maintenance manual.
VDIM uses a series of sensors to ensure a car's stability on the road, measuring wheel rotations and angle and such. It will automatically apply the breaks and do other things to improve the car's stability while driving. In the case described at on the online discussion board, this had led to excessive wear and tear of the break pads.
But you'd expect that for those cases the car maker come up with a proper way instead of something that resembles a cheat code for a gaming console.
This isn't so weird after all, apparently. A friend of my neighbour's dog watcher's grocery bagger owns a GMC where you reset the oil quality monitor (after you refreshed the oil) by pressing the gas pedal three times.
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