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Old 10-02-2016, 06:33 PM   #1
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Sticky gas pedal

The gas pedal on my foxbody feels kind of sticky. When startng from a stop i cant ease into it you have to be very easy or press it down a little harder than it should be. Does anyone know what this could be?


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Old 10-02-2016, 07:22 PM   #2
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i might have to do with your throttle body and throttle cable. last weekend i took off my throttle body to clean it up. installed new gasket, after i put it back in i noticed i had the same problem. moving from a stop feels like an on/off switch and i can't ease into the throttle like i was able to before i took it off. i will try to fix mines tomorrow and will let you how it went.
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That would be great


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Old 10-02-2016, 10:02 PM   #4
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Could it possibly be the set screw thing on the throttle body?


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Old 10-03-2016, 12:17 AM   #5
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If someone mistakenly tried to adjust the idle by turning the set screw, it is possible that could be the cause of the "sticky" feeling.
Also, the bushings on the throttle shaft can become worn over time, and the shaft will not move freely.
I had to replace the throttle body on my 91 F250 a couple of years ago. It became sticky after being cleaned. I believe that the bushings are coated with Teflon. When I cleaned it the last time, I probably cleaned out the remaining 20+ year old Teflon.
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Should i clean my throttle body than? A couple of my buddies have said wd40 on the gas pedal might help


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Old 10-03-2016, 12:52 AM   #7
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You should try to diagnose whether the problem is with the cable/pedal assembly, or if it is the throttle body. Disconnect the throttle cable from the throttle body, and with the engine running, manually operate the throttle. See if you can feel any binding, or stickiness, in the throttle shaft. It should move smoothly from idle, with a small amount of resistance from the return spring.

And yes, clean the throttle body if it is dirty. As I said, you run the risk of "cleaning" the lubricating material off of the bushings, but it is one of those "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenarios.
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Is there any certain cleaner i should get?


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There is a cleaner specifically for cleaning throttle bodies, that is available at the auto parts stores.
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I have read that it sais not to use cleaner because it will take off the rust protective coating


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I've heard the same thing over the years. And it is the cleaner that caused my throttle body to fail.
By all means, if you can get the throttle body clean by mechanical means (no chemical cleaner) do so!
But don't worry about using the cleaner. The coating on the throttle body is to keep the carbon from building up on it. If you need to clean the throttle body, the coating is not working anyway. And it is more important to have a relatively clean throttle body than it is to try and preserve some coating that never worked very well.

Diagnose your sticky throttle problem BEFORE you remove the throttle body for cleaning.
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Old 10-03-2016, 01:32 AM   #12
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Yeah i will try doing what you said and if not ill try cleaning it and if that doesnt work than im not sure


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Keep us posted.
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How small do your hands have to be to get to the cable on the gas pedal? I cant reach it at all


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So i got the new cable attached to the throttle body but it only opens up half of what it did before


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I'm trying to envision how that would be possible. Unless, perhaps it is the wrong cable?
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I think it is


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Did the original cable seem to be the cause of the stickiness?
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Yeah it definatly was the old cable, going into ford tomorrow to get an oem cable


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So ford doesnt make them anymore and i got another one today and it had the same issue, the throttle body only opened half way


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If your original cable seems undamaged, perhaps you could try lubricating it with some cable lube, commonly used on motorcycles. Maybe that will free it up.
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No the old cable is frayed and you can see the cable inside


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It seems crazy to me, but it looks like there isn't a quality aftermarket OEM style throttle cable available for the Fox body cars... Aside from the piece of crap cable that is too long!

If you can't find a suitable replacement locally, I believe that Lokar makes a cable that can be modified to work.
Your only other option is to find a used one... Possibly eBay???
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Lokar? What modifications have to be done?


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I'm not exactly sure what all is involved but I don't think that it is too difficult.
If you Google it, there is probably some information about installing a Lokar throttle cable into a Fox.
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I found out why my throttle was being sticky. I pulled the throttlebody and actuated the throttle spring with my hand and as I let go of the throttle and the flap closed it would get stuck. So for my case it's the the actual tb.


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