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Old 02-24-2010, 08:16 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
Actually, I can. I pulled out to pass a truck in DW's 65 Ford, floored it and held it there. When I pulled back in and let off the gas it stayed at full throttle. I stuck my toe under the accelerator pedal and lifted it. No change. I turned the key off and drifted to the side of the road.

After all the appropriate 4-letter words, I opened the hood, yanked the linkage into place and drove it for the next 3 years. I didn't even sue Ford. Silly me.
Same thing happened to me on my 97 Ford rush-hour traffic. I had romped down hard on the accelerator to pass a car that was driving 20mph under the limit in the center lane, and the pedal got jammed down (over center on the linkage or under the floor mat? ) Stuck at full throttle...after throwing the transission into neutral and coasting to a stop I was able to dislodge the stuck accerator pedal with my toe..probably because of the lubrication applied when I peed down both pant legs. I didn't sue Ford, either. I figured it was my fault for ramming the gas pedal and floormat together against the firewall in less than 50 miiliseconds... It was a mechanical issue, and hasn't happened again in the 13 years I have owned this truck.

Toyota has a whole 'nother set of problems with their electronic systems- (real and imagined)-including the Congressional witchhunt. The gas pedal mechanical issues were a simple fix; they reacted quickly and that problem seems to be in the rear view mirror.

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