I have an '02 and had that problem until the recall was done. Once the new
throttle cable was installed, I've had no problem with it. If anything, it
was too easy to push, but that may have been a "trained foot" response to
the old throttle.
A couple of things you might try that I got off the Escape-Central web site-
Try a silicone lube spray in the throttle sleeve after making sure there's
no dirt, etc, in the openings.
Grease the pedal pivot pin under the dash.
Clean the throttle body linkage and mechanism, and spray lightly with lube.
Or, if all else fails, have the dealership check that they installed the
right cable when they did your recall.
You can do a couple of things. You can put an extra spring on the throttle
bracket on your intake, that will help with the ease of pushing your
accelerator. But as for the brake, only fix for that that I know of, is to
have someone fashion a wood block to put on it, or maybe find a kit at an
aftermarket store. There isnt much you can do about that brake pedal.
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