How to Repair a Stuck Accelerator Pedal

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What You'll Need
Throttle body cleaner

Driving a vehicle can be fun if you have a perfect accelerator pedal. When these pedals stick it can be dangerous for the driver and their passengers. If your accelerator is sticking, it can be repaired by taking these steps.

Step 1 - Checking the Accelerator Pedal

Before you begin to fix your car, you must double check the accelerator pedal in order to be sure there is a problem. Drive your vehicle around your yard a few times and push down on the pedal gently. Always be ready to brake in case it does have a sticking problem. Don't be afraid to test your vehicle at home first before getting onto the road. If the accelerator sticks then it is time to solve the problem.

Step 2 - Gathering Repair Tools

Before you can start the repair, you need to have all of your tools on hand. Be sure that your body cleanser, screwdriver, and toothbrush are close by. You will need these items to properly repair the problem. You can also wear work gloves to prevent any damage or dirt from getting on your hands.

Step 3 - Using Throttle Body Cleaner

It is very important to not use a carburetor cleaner or silicone to fix the problem since these may damage your oxygen sensors. Once you have lifted the hood up you will remove the air intake hose. using a screwdriver. In older vehicles, you will need to remove the breather cover in order to reach the carburetor.

Once you have done this you should open the valve on the carburetor. Begin to spray a heavy amount of the throttle body cleaner onto a cloth and clean the whole area. You will also use a toothbrush or small brush to get to the difficult locations. Remember to be generous with the spray since it will help your accelerator. Be sure to wipe the throttle body as clean as possible and repeat the process several times. You may then spray the butterfly valve until it is well lubed. The valve will be more efficient after this cleaning. Everything will operate better with the swipes of the cleaner.

Step 4 - Placing Everything Back

Once the cleaning is done, you can put the intake hose or breather back into its' proper place. Turn on your vehicle and run it for about 15 minutes. This will get rid of the excess cleaner that was left behind. Try stepping on your pedal again. After doing these tasks, your accelerator pedal should be working properly