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My gas pedal is sticking

Actually , its a 2003 but whatever. it seems like when the car is cold, there is an issue with the gas pedal. i try to push it down all the way, but it hits a certain point and won't go any further. Then, something gives, and the car lurches forward and continues to accelarate, even after i take my foot off the gas. as the car warms up, the problem seems to resolve itself. any solutions besides taking it in to the shop?

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Check the bushes at the top of the pedel. Also check the cable and replace the cable if it is not serviceable. Adjust as recommeded by VW.

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