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gas pedal

So the PO of my '75 2.0 had the accel pedal replaced right before I bought it. However it seems VERY stiff and will stick when it gets about halfway to the floor. Could it be that the mechanic didn't lubricate the cable when installing it, or what? If so, how does one go about lubricating the accel cable? Any tips/advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks,
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I would recommend the following: Unhook the cable at the engine and move the throttle arm to see if it is the cable for sure, if the throttle arm is free, remove the floor board and make sure the throttle bell crank assy. is clean and rust free and not boundup with junk, check the stop bolt for the throttle to make sure you can actually open the throttle all the way which will require hooking up the cable on the engine again, clean and lube the area with spray lube, but not tooo much. Finally, the cable can be lubed by disconnecting the cable at the engine, making a funnel fron stiff paper and taping it to the outer housing and holding it up and letting a little teflon or other synthetic oil run inside. I do this every winter and make sure you use an oil that won't gunk or thicken up as it get old. If the above fails to help, trace the cable as there may be a kink in it, such as where it runs by the shift linkage, etc. As an aside, you can put some washers under the right side of the pedal and cause it to tilt over closer to the brake pedal so it is easier to heel/toe during an autocross. Make sure the brake pedal is at the same height as the accel pedal when you have the brake pushed down hard will help also.


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How are your brake and clutch pedals?
If they're the same as the accel, check the bushings on the pedal assembly. Pelican has an article on this rebuild.
You do not want to lube the accel cable, it would build up more crap later on.

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There are four major parts to the throttle linkage. The first is the throttle pedal. The second is the pedal cluster. The third is the cable itself, and the fourth is the throttle valve. Try to isolate the problem to one part of the linkage.

There is a rod with a ball-end that plugs into a socket on the back of the pedal. You can unplug it and see how the pedal itself moves.

You can then remove the driver's floorboard (2 or 3 Allen screws), pull back the carpet from the front of the center tunnel, and disconnect the cable from the linkage. Then work the linkage by hand and see if the problem is there.

Connect the pedal back to the rod, and see how that feels.

Pull on the cable and see how that feels, then disconnect the cable from the throttle lever at the engine and see how the cable moves.

Finally, work the throttle lever to see how it feels.

This should help you to isolate the problem to one or two parts, which you can then repair or replace.

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Also check and make sure the cable did not get routed around the clutch cable. I have heard of this happening, push in the clutch and the engine revs. Possible, but is remote.

Also your TB shaft could be worn, and causing a bind you feel in the cable.

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When I got a new accel cable (from pelican) the instructions tell you "DO NOT LUBE THE CABLE". The lube will allow debris to build up and stick around the cable making the problem worse.
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