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Old 11-06-2007, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Stiff accelerator. Throttle cable?

I have a 97 Accord LX. The accelerator pedal seems very stiff and hard to press. Do I need to replace the throttle cable or can I clean up the throttle body and lube it to cure this problem? Couldnt find anything in search. Thanks.
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i have the same problem, and my moms odyssey is the same.. its hard to push at first then easy. Im not sure if its normal or not, i always thought it was.
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:58 PM   #3
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i have the same problem, and my moms odyssey is the same.. its hard to push at first then easy. Im not sure if its normal or not, i always thought it was.
It seems that mine is hard to push throughout.. doesnt seem to get easier. i've heard about some hondas "sticking" in the beginning of giving the vehicle gas. I think you should try cleaning out your throttle body. Should help.

I guess I'll probably do the same and maybe just replace my throttle cable for the fun of it. Click the image to open in full size.

Ive heard that the throttle body in my car ties in with a transmission cable of some sort though. That sounds scary.


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Old 11-06-2007, 05:26 PM   #4
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Default Re: Stiff accelerator. Throttle cable? (kornfox)

i take it you checked the throttle cable adjustment first right?
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Ive heard that the throttle cable in my car ties in with a transmission cable of some sort though. That sounds scary.
WTF! no! Throttle cable is not connected to the tranny. Where did you get this info? I reall want to Click the image to open in full size. that person.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:36 PM   #6
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It is adjusted correctly and reponse from the throttle and idle is fine. Just unexpectedly hard to press.

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WTF! no! Throttle cable is not connected to the tranny. Where did you get this info? I reall want to Click the image to open in full size. that person.
Ha. Yeah, it seemed rather strange. I came across it when I was searching threads for this issue. Something about a cable that informs your automatic transmission when it needs to upshift under heavy acceleration. Thought thats why I had a TCU/TCM.
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Default Re: Stiff accelerator. Throttle cable? (kornfox)

LOL. But yea, I do have this problem. It is really stiff. Even after a TB cleaned. I sprayed some WD-40 in spring outside. It seems really stiff. I'm pretty sure everyone had this type of problem.
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It seems that mine is hard to push throughout.. doesnt seem to get easier. i've heard about some hondas "sticking" in the beginning of giving the vehicle gas. I think you should try cleaning out your throttle body. Should help.

I guess I'll probably do the same and maybe just replace my throttle cable for the fun of it. Click the image to open in full size.

Ive heard that the throttle body in my car ties in with a transmission cable of some sort though. That sounds scary.


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hm i've cleaned the throttlebody out before.. didn't seem to help. I just always took it as normal since both hondas we have do it... come to think of it my civic was like that too lol.
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I have had this problem on my 4cyl 1999 accord. The initial travel of the gas pedal is very stiff and makes for some jerky starts.

The easiest and cheapest fix is to remove the hose from the air filter box and the throttle body. Just inside the throttle body you will see a large butterfly valve. The pivots for this valve accumulate a build of crap over time. This pivot is connect to the cam that the gas pedal cable is attached to. Using a tooth brush and carb cleaner scrub the valve, pivot points, etc. Once clean let everything dry and then put it back together.

I have to do this about every 40,000 miles or so. The dealer will actually remove the throttle body and clean it in a parts washing tank. Probably a much better cleaning job, but a lot more work and cost
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I have had this problem on my 4cyl 1999 accord. The initial travel of the gas pedal is very stiff and makes for some jerky starts.

The easiest and cheapest fix is to remove the hose from the air filter box and the throttle body. Just inside the throttle body you will see a large butterfly valve. The pivots for this valve accumulate a build of crap over time. This pivot is connect to the cam that the gas pedal cable is attached to. Using a tooth brush and carb cleaner scrub the valve, pivot points, etc. Once clean let everything dry and then put it back together.

I have to do this about every 40,000 miles or so. The dealer will actually remove the throttle body and clean it in a parts washing tank. Probably a much better cleaning job, but a lot more work and cost
Awesome. I will do this and keep you posted. Thanks for the write up! Click the image to open in full size.
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Default Re: Stiff accelerator. Throttle cable?

i know im really really late but did you ever get this fixed and if yes what was the solution my accord is doing the same thing
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anyone?
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lets get this issue fixed -_-
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