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1984 Euro 635 sticking gas pedal

Discussion in 'E24 (1977-1989)' started by Dink, Aug 8, 2010.

    Dink guest

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    In the last two or three months the gas pedal stuck while acclerating. In two previous instances it resolved itself quickly. But the second time I needed to pull the gas pedal up with my foot. This weekend the pedal stuck again and I was not able to pull the pedal back. I pulled off the road and my wife suggested I check and make sure the mat was not under the pedal. So I threw it in the back seat, started the car and the the accelerator was still stuck. I opened the hood and was able to manually push the cable back. I carefully drove home and parked it in my garage. I duplicated the symptoms in the comfort and safety of my garage. I manually pulled the gas pedal back and these components fell from somewhere under the dash. Can anyone identify these parts? Is this some jury rig? It looks like a valve spring. The gas pedal seems to work fine; I started it in the garage and could not duplicate the sticking pedal.
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    CRKrieger

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    OK; that stuff looks like the over-center spring from your clutch pedal. Does it feel a little bit weird? They often fall out.

    For your accelerator, I'd say you should get a new accelerator cable on order. Yours is probably frayed inside the housing and is sticking. It will eventually break. DAMHIK.

    Dink guest

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    Sound advice

    DAMHIK,
    Thank you for your prompt reply and analysis. I will go ahead and get a new cable.
    Dink
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    Zeichen311

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    Internet jargon alert: DAMHIK is an acronym for Don't Ask Me How I Know, from which you can usually infer the speaker has firsthand embarrassing, expensive and/or painful experience with the exact same problem. ;)
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    CRKrieger

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    Korrektamundo, /Stig!


    I have had the relatively unique experience of shopping for temporary replacement BMW parts at JoAnn Fabrics (!) in order to nurse a recalcitrant E28 home. Not quite as heavy and nowhere near as serviceable, "Picture Hanging Wire" is a barely adequate substitute for what runs down the inside of an accelerator cable ... but it sure beats walkin'! :D
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    bcweir

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    Replacing that throttle cable needs to be a top priority

    That is, unless you WANT that tree at the base of your windshield to become part of your car's standard equipment. :D
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    eblue540 Fourth Gen Bimmers

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    I Love this group...

    All this talk about stuck accelerators and all that gets discussed is how to fix the car.

    I'm thinking that a certain large Japanese-based manufacturer of commodity cars can only dream of such a user demographic, given recently disproven allegations of product defect based on, let's say, the performance of THEIR user demographic.

    With appreciation...

    Chris

    Dink guest

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    Done! That was not easy being upside down and backwards feeding the cable through the firewall. Can't beat the satisfaction of DIY.

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