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Acceleration gas pedal hard to depress after breaking. Car will accelerate a little after g. pedal pressed to floor. Feels like g. pedal is getting ready to lock up.

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  • anayemeni107 Nov 19, 2008

    I have the 2000 ,dodge caravan. The gas peddle is hard to press after stopping or slowing down. Also, the brake is hard to press and it does not give me a an immedaite responde when I start to press it. I have to leave a long distance between me and the car in the front of me becasue the car take a long time to stop.

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It sounds like a prob with the cable from the peddle to the intake. Also check the motor mounts! Frankster016

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