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2001 chevy cavalier accelerates on its own without pressing gas

When i start my car ( still in park) everything seems fine. but when i put it in R to back up I have to keep my foot on the break to back up slowly enough. If i were not pressing the break i would start to go backwards without having to touch the gas pedel. When I put it in D: in the parking lot i have to keep my foot on the break to go slow enough. on the road my speed will steadily increase to 55mph without me even touching the gas, if i want to go higher than 55 i have to press the gas but if i let off it wil go back down to 55. Also as soon as I put my car in park or neutral the RPMs fly up to 4 to 4.5 before i can turn the car off. Also sometimes i have to "giggle" the battery just to get my car to start. My car is an automatic. Any advice on how to fix any of these problems or what may be causing this to happen will be appreciated. Also When hurricane Issac hit a couple of months ago my car got pulled into a ditch full of water and sat there for about 6 hours until we could get it out at witch point my brother in law got it running again. This is when it started acting up and running rough.

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Idle speed control or a vaccum leak

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Keep it simple and replace the fuel filter first, if thr fiiler has not been replaced within 30,000 miles or 1 year. Then it's a good chance that it's going to be the fuel filter. 

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SOURCE: sluggish acceleration. High RPM, High Oil Pressure

I hope I'm wrong but I think your torque converter is failing. Sorry, Gary

Posted on Jul 27, 2010

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