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.