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Theres no tension behind the gas petal when i press it

When i crank my car and and put it in drive i press the gas metal and it just goes straight to the floor can someone help find whats wrong. its lik there's no tension behind the petal

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    If you need to pull the pedal back up manually, chances are the control cable has broken or has come off the throttle arm. If cable is OK, make sure there isn't a broken return spring on the throttle body.

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The pedal is connected to a wire cable which runs to a valve or flap of some type at the intake end of the fuel injector under the hood. Either the cable has broken, or the spring which keeps the fuel injector opening closed down to idle position has broken or the cable has come off at one end or the other. Raise the hood and have a companion move the pedal up and down while you find the accelerator cable housing, most likely will be black. If the stiff wire cable inside the housing is moving with your friend's movement of the pedal then you should look to the end of the cable. You will see a small grooved wheel and the cable lies in that groove, and its movement turns the wheel which moves the flap inside. If the cable is not moving then your accelerator cable has broken or come loose at the pedal end.

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