Throttle jammed wide open
Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:35 AM
I was driving away from a traffic light and gave it a bootful to get into the exit slip lane to work. When I took my foot off the accelerator it wouldn't come back up. This scared the crap out of me and I thumped it a few times, and took the car out of gear so I wouldn't crash full tilt into the cars and wall in front of me. The tacho registered over 7 grand for a few seconds and it sounded like the end of the world. I thought "Oh boy, if I don't die in a fire I'm going to be up for a new engine." The accelerator came up just as I was thinking this and I drove - carefully - into work.
The car is in canberra and it had been outside overnight in the frost. I didn't like it just the same as you but I had no choice, I live with my parents and my dad needed the garage to do work for his business. (Rarely happens).
The engine seems to be okay, I left it running for a few minutes when I got to work with the bonnet up to try and cool it down a bit, turned it off and left the bonnet up for about 5 minutes. Still sounded okay but I was wondering, how does this happen and how do I fix it? I won't be going full throttle until I'm sure this won't happen again.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:47 AM
I actually had this happen in one of my Datsun's years ago. It was the Accelerator linkage catching on a screw.
If i were you i would try to recreate the incident with the engine switched off of course... get a freind to press the accelerator while you inspect it from the outside and also check under the dash for possible snags.
Other than that it could be some gunk built up around the throttle shafts, disassembling and cleaning them might be a wise move too.
Then again as we know metal shrinks when it's cold so it might just be as simple as warmin her up some more.
Hope this helps.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 10:01 AM
Posted 23 July 2008 - 11:36 AM
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Posted 23 July 2008 - 03:18 PM
Next time you are in motion like that and the throttle jams on full, turn the ignition off and hit the brakes and get into the breakdown/service lane
Just my 2 cents worth, better than blowing up your motor at 7 grand
Posted 23 July 2008 - 03:38 PM
Your help is appreciated guys.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 04:15 PM
Which end of town are you on?
Posted 23 July 2008 - 04:52 PM
I'm up north in Nicholls, Gungahlin. I'll see if I can clear out the gremlins tonight, if there's no joy I know I can call on you sco_aus.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 04:54 PM
Posted 23 July 2008 - 05:15 PM
Posted 23 July 2008 - 06:00 PM
Thankyou for your help everyone. Looking forward to catching up with you on the meet in August sco_aus.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 06:12 PM
Posted 23 July 2008 - 08:08 PM
Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:01 PM
He's installing a rev limiter now.
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