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I have to press harder on my pedal these days to get my car moving. feels like there is resistance down there. what do u think?. i own a mercedes benz s500 2002

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Pedal pressure should remain uneffected by anything short of the linkage or cable getting jammed up. You should get this looked at if it truely is getting harder to push then it becomes a possibility for the pedal to get stuck while your driving.

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