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2000 Camry Gas Pedal Sticks

I have a 2000 Camry 4 cyl. automatic. Occasionally the gas pedal is very hard to press down. It doesn't happen all of the time and usually happens after I've stopped at a light and allowed the pedal to come all of the way up. I've sprayed the cable with WD-40 where the cable goes through the firewall, where the cable is connected to another part under the hood and also sprayed where the pedal is connected to the floor.
Any suggestions? Car has about 170,000 miles on it.
Thanks.

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What you have is carbon buildup on the throttle vallve.
What you need to do:
Buy some good carb cleaner at an auto parts store (Gumout is good)
Locate the tube running from the air filter box to the intake manifold. At the end of the tube, that hooks on to the engine side, there is a large circular clamp. Loosen the clamp, and take the tube away. You will now see a brass coloured plate, that opens when the gas pedal is depressed. Have someone hold the gas pedal to the floor (WITH the engine OFF), and spray and spray this whole area with the cleaner, until the plate that moves, and the circular sides are spotlessly clean; then wipe up the residue with paper towels. What you are doing is cleaning the carbon buildup from the rotating part; this carbon rubs the circular interior, and impeded the throttle plate opening. This is to be expected with a car with your mileage, and it is quite normal. Clean it real good, and your issue will disappear. We do this same proceedure her 10-15 times a week.
This should help; and thanks for choosing FixYa.

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