What is a stuck gas pedal inspection?
When you press on the gas pedal, the movement of the pedal pulls on the throttle cable, prompting the throttle to increase the flow of fuel to the engine. That’s what allows you to increase your speed.
However, this system, including the pedal, the cable, and the throttle body, can experience wear and tear, just like any other part of the vehicle. If your gas pedal is sticking, it could be one of the following issues:
- Broken throttle cable
- Stuck throttle body
- Gas pedal sensor malfunction
- Gas pedal spring malfunction
In addition to these possible causes, the most common reason for a sticky gas pedal is a buildup of residue on the throttle body (you might also hear your mechanic use the technical term “goo”).
To inspect the car, the mechanic will examine all the components of the accelerator system to identify the cause of the issue.
How do I know if I need to get a stuck gas pedal inspection?
When you notice your gas pedal sticking, take note of how severe the problem is. If there’s a consistent pattern of trouble with the gas pedal, it’s a good idea to bring it in for an inspection.
How important is a stuck gas pedal inspection?
A stuck gas pedal presents a potentially serious problem. Although the function of the accelerator is simple, even a small malfunction could lead to an accident or make the car impossible to drive. Take the car to a trusted mechanic for an inspection as soon as possible.
Tips for a stuck gas pedal inspection
Although broken cables, sensor malfunctions, and goo are all possible causes of a stuck gas pedal, it’s worth checking for a simpler explanation before you panic.
Before taking the car to a mechanic, check underneath the pedal for any foreign objects. If something is obstructing the pedal, remove it and check to see if there’s still an issue.
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