As I was driving to work yesterday, my gas pedal got stuck pushed down. I was able to get to work only cause the breaks are still working. I was not able to make a full stop and is wondering why this happened? Is it possible it's because it's missing oil? or because it is really cold outside and it froze? Please let me know a.s.a.p. Thank you
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Re: Gas pedal stuck on my Sunfire 2000
Lol...this might sound crazy but usually what happens is the floormats do it...people just dont notice....otherwise it could be the throttle body is so cold it froze...just sprat some silicone spray on it
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Look under the hood. you should find a part under there with two metal thin lines connected to it so that when you push the gas pedal, that part moves up, when released, it should go back down, have someone press the gas pedal and look for it right on top of the engine. is there something blocking it? wiring harness, etc.?
Hi, yes you can fix yourself. Follow the accelerator (gas pedal) cable to the carburetor, at the carb. there should be a spring (this could have come off) that makes the cable retract, have any helper push the gas pedal. You watch the movement in the engine area with the ENGINE SWITCHED OFF. Follow the movement of the cable and check for return action. Lubricate with spray lube on all moving parts. All the best.
I know this might sound dumb, but it has happened to a lot of people - make sure your floor mat (not even a corner of it) isn't on top of the accelerator pedal. Even the slightest weight can cause the pedal to accelerate enough to be noticeable. Not dumb, it's a good answer. The floor mat can slip forward (and has) in two of our new vehicles when we were driving on the highway. It had worked its way off the anchors and slipped forward, causing the vehicles to accelerate. I put the gearshift in Neutral, pulled off the highway and that was the problem, both times. I don't think it was on top of the gas pedal, underneath, but still pressing or I guess, pulling the pedal down.
All of these are good answers, but if it's an automatic transmission, it might be normal provided the engine performance is ok. Auto trannies have a torque converter stall speed. I have a 96 Cadillac Fleetwood and it will move on its own.
Have the idle bypass valve checked, also called idle air control valve.
If that valve is stuck in the closed position, it's not allowing the fuel to bypass the throttle plate to keep it idling, resulting in stalling, but will keep engine running if the pedal is pushed down.
Yes, if the gas pedal is stuck fullt down the Throttle Sensor located in the throttle body will note the throttle position and shut down the fuel injectors. If in the future your fuel injected car becomes flooded, hold the gas pedal down and turn the engine over this will help free the engine of too much fuel.
This problem could be as simple as a TPS (throttle position sensor). Some vehicles are now drive by wire. This means that there is no actual throttle cable. When the gas pedal is depressed, it sends a signal to the CPU and tells how far the pedal has been pushed. How many miles do you have on this? Sometimes a plugged catalytic converter can cause a vehicle to accellerate slowly and cause you to "butterfly" the pedal and make it hard to get over 60-70 MPH. Hope this gives you some ideas.