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Old 01-14-2004, 07:45 PM   #1
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My gas pedal has a "notchy" feeling, almost sticking but not. The effort to push it has increased, and it makes it hard to make a smooth shift.
I looked at the cable, to see if I could lubricate it, but the only thing I see that could be lubed is the linkage. The cable has a plastic cover/sleeve. Has any one else had this problem? I plan to take it in to the shop as soon as I can.
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Bfocused, haven't had that problem yet. How many miles on your car again? The cable shouldn't be lubricated (apparently Ford has worked around this by sheathing the cable in a sleeve to prevent people from doing that). The lube attracts dirt/crud and over time with enough crud build-up can cause the cable to REALLY stick, like in the WOT position.
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Old 01-14-2004, 09:57 PM   #3
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I've got 14000 mmiles on it.
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Huh... that's awfully low mileage for something like this. You're the "engine block heater" poster, right?? As in you live in cold country? Maybe it has something to do with extreme cold temperatures? I dunno. Maybe the cable is getting crimped/kinked somewhere along the way? High mileage engines I have heard may have this problem due to a buildup of carbon crud/sludge near the throttle plate in the throttle body.
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Mine does this sometimes, but only when cold. Do a search on the jet, you'll find a similar post. It doesn't really bother me, so I'll wait until it gets warm again to worry. If it comes back, I'll take it in and let them mess with it. That's why I got the warranty anyway....BTW, I have ~4300 miles on mine.
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Old 03-31-2004, 01:28 AM   #6
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My PZEV '04 ATX wagon has had this problem from Day One. I have to push down until the accelerator "breaks free" from the resistance at the top of the pedal. The dealer diagnosed a sticking throttle body and has the part on order. They said it can't /shouldn't be lubricated.

Anybody else had this on a new one?
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