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How much does it cost to replace the throttle control cable?

The average cost to replace the throttle control cable is $250. Remember that this is just an estimate—your exact replacement costs will depend on your vehicle’s make and model.
How long does it take to replace the throttle control cable? A certified mechanic generally takes around 1 hour to change the cable. They will lift the hood and inspect the throttle. If necessary, they will do a full replacement.

How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my throttle control cable replacement and how much do those parts cost?

Unlike many other parts of your vehicle, the throttle control cable is a single part—when it breaks, it’s the only part you’ll need to replace. But if you fix it yourself, you’ll need a few other basic tools, such as a screwdriver.
Luckily, buying a new throttle control cable won’t break the bank—you’re looking at an average cost between $59.51 and $72.74.
Some reputable brands we recommend include Dorman, ACDelco, and ATP Automotive for reliable and quality throttle control cable replacements. You can typically purchase these brands from retailers such as Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, and Summit Racing, both online and in-store. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle's specific year, make, and model.
When replacing your throttle control cable, you don’t have to spend the money on an OEM part. Aftermarket cables are generally manufactured to the same specs as OEM parts at a fraction of the cost. However, be sure to check that it’s made from a durable material and fits your vehicle.
You can find throttle control cables online through automotive parts shops like Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, and Summit Racing, along with more accessible sites like Amazon. Before buying, be sure to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to confirm it’s the right fit.

Where can I get my throttle control cable replaced?

Finding the right auto repair shop to replace your throttle control cable can be tricky, especially if you don’t have a trusted mechanic in your area. Luckily, Jerry's
can help you compare repair service rates from more than 2,500 reputable auto shops nationwide.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from shops using their actual hourly labor rate. It will also let you know if you need to budget for diagnostic fees and show you trustworthy reviews from real customers to help you choose the best service.
Check out some of our partner shops below and download the app to compare car repair costs in your area.
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Texas Express Lube & Auto
217 N Magnolia Ave, Luling, TX
Throttle Control Cable Replacement Cost
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(Parts - $66, Labor - $8)
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Sam's Automotive
23035 Douglas Ct #120, Great Falls, VA
Throttle Control Cable Replacement Cost
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(Parts - $66, Labor - $24)
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Abe's Complete Auto Service Inc.
317 Fresh Pond Pkwy, Cambridge, MA
Throttle Control Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
(Parts - $66, Labor - $28)
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Kerry's Car Care - Norterra
28211 N North Valley Pkwy, Peoria, AZ
Throttle Control Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
(Parts - $66, Labor - $42)
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(Included in service charges)

How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my throttle control cable?

If your accelerator cable needs replacing, here’s how it’s done:
  • Pop the hood and remove the engine trim cover
  • Disconnect the throttle control cable from the throttle lever
  • Disconnect the defective throttle control cable from the accelerator and remove
  • Install new throttle control cable through the firewall
  • Connect the new cable to the throttle lever and accelerator pedal
  • Test the throttle
  • Replace the engine trim cover and close the hood
  • Test drive the car

What happens if I don’t replace my throttle control cable?

The throttle cable is important for controlling your car’s speed. It’s constantly exposed to the elements under the hood, which can cause it to seize up or prevent it from moving freely. The cable can break when this happens, and the throttle may become unresponsive or stick. 
If the throttle cable is stuck in the open position, the engine will race. If the throttle cable seizes and is stuck in the closed position, the accelerator pedal may not work. In either case, it can be dangerous. 

What is a throttle control cable?

The throttle control cable, also known as the accelerator cable, is a braided metal wire that connects the gas pedal to the engine throttle plate. When you press the gas pedal, the cable lifts the plate. This allows fuel and air to enter the intake, which makes you go faster. 
On carbureted engines, the throttle body is part of the carburetor. It is opened and closed via the throttle control cable and a link from the gas pedal and engine vacuum. When the valve opens, more fuel is delivered
On newer fuel-injected engines, the throttle body is typically found between the air filter and the intake manifold and is connected to the gas pedal in two ways: 
  1. Mechanically via a cable
  2. Electronically via a wire
When you press the gas pedal, the butterfly in the throttle body pivots to allow more airflow into the manifold. The throttle position sensor then reports to the ECU that the gas pedal has been pressured, which means the airflow sensor detects more air and sends a message to the car’s computer to increase how much fuel the injectors supply.
The gas pedal won't work correctly when the throttle control cable stops moving freely. If it gets stuck in the open position, the engine will surge. If stuck in the closed position, the car won’t accelerate.
Either way, you won’t have control. If it happens while you’re driving, it could put you in a perilous situation with a
runaway car
or a car that can’t move out of the way.
If your gas pedal isn’t responding properly, there’s a good chance it’s the throttle control cable. If that’s the case, a mechanic can
open the hood
, disconnect the faulty cable, and install a new one.

How do I know if my throttle control cable needs replacing?

To spot throttle control cable problems before they become critical, look for the following common symptoms:
  • Cruise control
    problems. Your car may jerk in cruise control or not maintain a consistent speed.
  • Damage to the cable covering. The cable is covered in a protected rubber coating. If you examine the cable and see damage to the coating, the whole  cable should be replaced.
  • Delayed engine response. If there’s a lag between when you press the gas pedal and when the engine
    , the problem may be the cable.
If you establish you need a throttle cable repair,
take it to a mechanic
. Alternatively, depending on the age of your car, the repair or replacement may be covered under warranty. Call your local dealership and speak to a car care specialist to determine if it’s covered.

How often should the throttle control cable be replaced?

The throttle control cable is essential to your vehicle’s operation and is built to last. On average, its lifespan is about five years. However, not all cars have them. Some newer cars operate with an electronic throttle control system instead.
If you notice any of the symptoms of a worn throttle control cable, contact your local mechanic and have it replaced as soon as possible.

Can I replace my throttle control cable myself?

If you're car-savvy and want a weekend DIY project, replacing your throttle control cable is straightforward. But if you’re not familiar with the underhood of your car and don’t have the required tools, it’s best to leave it to the professionals and bring your vehicle to a mechanic for help.


The throttle control cable is essential to control your vehicle’s speed, and if it breaks or becomes damaged, you can’t control your car’s speed. The gas pedal won't work properly if the throttle cable stops moving freely.
The throttle cable is exposed to all kinds of elements under the hood of your car and can wear down over time. Because it’s a metal wire encased in an out casing composed of rubber and metal, constantly pressing down and easing up on the accelerator can cause the cable to wear down, fray, and even break, ultimately resulting in complete failure.
The average throttle cable replacement cost depends on what needs to be fixed or replaced. If the cable is broken and must be replaced, it will cost an average of $151, but if other parts are also broken, it can be more expensive.

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