sticky throttle

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by jdoe, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. jdoe

    jdoe Guest

    Going to look into this today but, perhaps someone on this board has had
    this issue. The 96 SL2 we acquired has a gas pedal that is rather hard to
    "tip into". IOW it's "sticky". It's fine once it's past idle but it's tricky
    to get a smooth start. It will be driven by our daughter and she's in the
    learning process and is having a bit of a time with it.
    I'm going to R&R and clean the throttle body. Are there any other points
    anyone can recommend?
    jdoe, Aug 3, 2004
  2. jdoe

    Bob Shuman Guest

    I'd suggest you determine exactly what is sticking so that you can lubricate
    or fix it ASAP to resolve the unsafe condition. Likely causes are the
    accelerator pedal, the throttle cable, or the throttle body. I'd try to
    disconnect the cable at both ends to see if you can determine what is

    Bob Shuman, Aug 3, 2004
  3. I bet it's the throttle body. take it out and clean it real well
    (remove the TPS and IAC when you do this). Get all the grime away, and
    you'll be set.

    BTW, it's easy to check the gas pedal cable when disconected, just tug
    on it. It should slide real freely, and you'll hear the gas pedal thunk
    and bump around if you give it a good tug and release.
    Philip Nasadowski, Aug 3, 2004
  4. jdoe

    jdoe Guest

    THanks. Got into the TB today that's all it was.
    jdoe, Aug 3, 2004
  5. For some reason, the '96 has an issue with carbon build up on the TB. I
    have to clean my wife's twice a year.
    Kevin M. Keller, Aug 5, 2004
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