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Old 01-03-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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Stuck Gas Pedal

Hi all,

I just bought a used 2007 Focus ZX5 back in May. This is my first car and I know nothing about them in general so everything pretty much scares me in terms of whether or not something needs to be replaced.

I live in Canda and it has gotten pretty cold here recently. Tonight after working almost 9 hours I was in the parking lot warming up my car because it's -20 with the windchill. I was backing out of my parking space and all was fine. I put the car into drive and when I tried to hit the gas pedal it was stuck. Nothing happened. I hit it a few times and still nothing happened. I put the car in park after crawling forward a bit and then pushed the gas pedal a few more times and finally it unstuck and everything was back to normal. This has happened on one other occasion at night when I have finished working. Everything is fine in the afternoon when I head to work.

I'm just wondering (and praying) if this is normal or not for cold weather. I've searched Google and read stuff about the floor mat being stuck (which it isn't), and something about the throttle body having carbon in there which causes the butterfly to stick, and also something about a dragging line...

Clearly this is all over my head. I'm just hoping that it's either normal for cold weather or something that can be easily fixed and might not be excessively expensive.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 01-03-2012, 11:38 PM   #2
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When its cold, ive noticed that my gas pedal can get a bit.. catchy. It doesnt get stuck in throttle, just at idle. Once the heater turns on, its enough to get it to work.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:59 AM   #3
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My gas pedal isn't catchy. It feels like there is a brick underneath it or something. I'm guessing this isn't normal especially for an automatic vehicle...but tonight I'm going to park in a different spot at work and see if it still does it as well as warm my car up longer than usual...
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Worked on a Escape with this issue, it was thermal expansion and gunk in the throttle body causing it to really jam up hard after a cold soak. Carb/TB cleaner fixed it up fine.
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Is this an easy fix? And where can I find that cleaner?
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Is this an easy fix? And where can I find that cleaner?
Pretty easy fix, at least to check, pull off the air snorkel, the throttle body is the fiddlybit with the cables running to it. Might have to take off the air box lid, then loosen the hose on the throttle body to expose the plate. Carb and or throttle body cleaner are available at any parts store. Open and close the throttle by hand (engine not running) while spraying all around inside with the cleaner. Work it and don't forget to spray the linkages too a bit, then it should be a lot smoother.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41yFX...eature=related saturn but similar in layout to focus
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:23 PM   #7
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Well, did that help? any updates?
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Just noticed the same issue on my new to me '07, I'd go with what fast*st said, was my first thought (sticking tb) but mine's the same as above, only does it at idle or when shifting (letting the throttle close between shifts) only did it last night when it was actually cold here (18* is cold for here) so I gotta check mine out if the problem persists. Let us know what you find out with yours.
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im curious on this as well. My 05 did it and now my 07 does it too but ONLY when its cold out around 35*F or less. Never did find a fix for it besides accelerating really hard for a second or two then it goes away.
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Well, attacking the throttle plate with some carb&choke or TBI cleaner should take about 2 minutes and let you know if goop is the problem. On closer foot inspection, mine sticks a little, just on tip in but usually I'm wearing boots and can't feel it. When its closer to freezing out, I'll check it out.
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