"CPQ" wrote: ( 1995 Ford F150 )
The gas pedal sticks on my ex-wife's truck. I told her to
get the cable replaced by a mechanic but she looked at it
and thinks she can change it. Is this something easy to do?
Even when it's easy it's not easy, because of the body
contortions required to do the job. In general a throttle
cable is installed by:
1.) Squeeze under the front seat. Disconnect the cable
from the accelerator pedal and release the cable housing
from its clamp. Be sure there is nothing to prevent the
housing from being pulled through the firewall.
2.) Climb on top of the engine to get near the throttle.
Remove the air cleaner for access. Disconnect the old
cable from the throttle lever and release the old cable
housing from its clamp. Pull the old housing out of the
firewall hole and discard it.
3.) Connect the new cable to the throttle lever and install
the new cable housing in its clamp. Insert the end of the
new housing through the firewall hole.
4.) Squeeze under the front seat. Install the new housing
in its clamp. Connect the new cable to the accelerator pedal.
5.) Start the engine and confirm smooth cable operation.
6.) Reinstall air cleaner.
Before I would proceed with replacement of the cable by a
mechanic or by myself, I would do everything in my power
to free up the existing cable. I would check the return
spring on the throttle. I would put some oil drops at both
ends of the housing and exercise the cable. I would
detach the cable end from either the throttle lever or the
accelerator pedal and see if it moves freely by itself.
With the cable free I would wiggle the accelerator pedal
and the throttle lever to be sure they were not binding.