and start it up and try to push the gas pedal and it doesn't move.
Perhaps it comes free with a bit of coaxing, or force, but, over time,
this problem is certain to get worse.Or, far more frightening, you're on the freeway and push the pedal to pass a slow moving truck
. When you take your foot off the pedal it doesn't come back up and your car goes speeding down the highway.
a sticking gas pedal can be a very dangerous situation and you
shouldn't drive your car if you're experiencing these kinds of problems.
However, it may be an easy fix once you figure out why it is sticking.
The gas pedal to throttle connection is actually quite simple. The pedal
acts as a lever that moves the throttle able in and out. The
throttle cable pushes a small lever that opens and closes the throttle.
Any problems with the gas pedal is certain to be in one of these three
The first step to diagnose the cause of a sticking gas
pedal is to remove the breather so you can get to the carburetor or the
throttle body on a fuel injected vehicle
Once the breather is removed you will be able to access the cable
linkages. Disconnect the cable from the throttle. You can now move the
throttle manually to see if the problem is there or if it is in the
cable or the pedal.
If the throttle moves freely the issue is most
likely somewhere else. If the throttle is the location of the problem
you will want to clean that. Depending on whether you have a carbureted
or a fuel injected vehicle you will want to make sure you get the
appropriate spray cleaner from your parts dealer
Fuel injector cleaner won't get all of the stuff that might be causing
problems on a carburetor but carburetor cleaner will leave residues that
can damage a fuel