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My gas pedal gives me a lot more resistance than it used to.

My gas pedal started sticking a few days ago. it feels like i have to push a lot harder to get it to accelerate than i did before. i dont know whats wrong. can anybody help???

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Try to spray some w-D 40 on the cable while some one works the pedal

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