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Old 01-16-2013, 09:58 AM   #1
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Gas pedal sticking at first

Hello all,

My gas pedal has started to stick in the off position.
Car is running fine and it still driveable.
The problem is that there's some notable resistance when pressing the pedal.
Once I overcome that resistance, I usually over rev the engine.
Nothing bad, just makes the car not very fun to drive, loud, and slippery (sidenote: of the 16 days this year, something like 12 have been raining here in Baton Rouge and the record for January is 14.94", and we're already at 13.5"...)
So spinning out (On accident of course) is a daily thing, often in a lot of gears.

Now I haven't done anything as of now to redress the problem, but it went away for about 30 minutes yesterday, and now it's back.


Has anyone had issues with this before?
any suggestions?

I plan on checking it out on saturday, what should I be looking for?
caught cables? spray some wd40? any help is appreciated.


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Old 01-16-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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I have a 2003 mine has stuck a few times I find out if I push the gas peddle to the left it stops sticking I have not looked close but I think the bushings maybe bad
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:51 PM   #3
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This has happened to me, it's the bi-product of and emmisions function with the throttle body. There tends to be a bit of build up around the inner circumference along where the throttle valve meets it TB wall. In the cold weather the "sticking' is typically worse. Just pick up some throttle body cleaner (carb cleaner could work too, but I would stick to TB cleaner) and wipe down the inside of the TB paying special attention to where the valve meets the inside of the body, you may be able to see a line of residue that has formed there. It may take a more than one wipe down. Close everything back up and likely you'll be in good shape.

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Sounds like a winning plan to me my friend! Thanks!!

Rock, You mentioned the word "emissions" but I couldn't pull a complete thought from what you were trying to say, so for lack of a better phrase come again?

Now I've been having 02 sensor trouble... Relative?
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Essentially stuff that should be brought through the TB and burned up isn't completely finished off and carbon and other gunk build up impeding the valve plate upon first movement from rest.

Your O2 sensor should have no relation as far as I can see. How many miles are on the car?

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I passed 118k yesterday

Will that gunk affect it in every gear? Because it definitely does, however less and less as the gear increases
I.e. 1st is hard, 2nd is hard, 3rd is difficult, 4th feels sticky, 5th and 6th aren't too too bad
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D Rock's got the likely cause, crud that's sticking the throttle body plate when it's closed.

had to clean mine out last year for the same issue, "sticky" until it broke loose from the closed position...

as to the different gears, I'm guessing the sudden acceleration just isn't as noticeable in the higher gears. First is when you're more likely to REALLY accelerate more than you want when it breaks loose & opens more than you planned....

Clean 'er up & it should be OK!
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Confirmed. I had this same issue, read the sticky on here, cleaned the TB (simply with a damp rag then wiped dry several times. It cleared up my issue totally. Very annoying to JAM the gas accidently in any gear, much less when taking off. People used to look over at me like "do you even know how to drive a stick" lol. Now my take offs are like you're on air in that passenger seat lol
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Clean the throttle body.
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+1 on the Cleaning of the throttle body, but if that doesn't help, there is a second thing to do:

I had your exact issue, and someone (I forget who) mentioned loosening the butterfly by the two screws, flipping it open and closed several times to "re-center" it and then tightening the screws again. Apparently, there is some lateral pull created by the spring on the side of the TB and over time, things wear and the butterfly migrates toward that spring (not really visible to the eye).

I did what they recommended (for the love of god do not fully remove the screws and drop them into the engine) and the problem went away 100%.
That was a year ago.
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