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I figure this has been covered before, but can't seem to find it. My daughter's 97 escort lx sedan (automatic transmission) has an accelerator that is a bit sticky. When you first press it down, it does nothing for about the first 1/4 inch or so. After you depress it a bit more, it takes off quickly. It's a little annoying, especially since I'm trying to teach her younger brother to drive in it. He doesn't have the feel of feathering it out yet.
Is there a way to remedy it? I lubricated the pedal linkage and the springs/hinges where the throttle cable connects to the throttle. I don't know what else to try. Thanks in advance!
 

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I bet the cable is a bit stretched - go to the accelerator cable underhood near TB - you'll see a houseing that the cable comes out of, it has adjustment, slide the white(?) tab back , twist the front of the houseing, adjust cable in by hand, rotate houseing, lock tab.
 

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I've just gotten a '98, with an automatic that has a similarly sticky throttle.

I repaired a similar-feeling sticky throttle in my sister's Saturn (manual, which made it even more interesting) by cleaning out the throttle body- full of nasty black gunk. I think I'm going to at least check the TB Ford tomorrow... I'll post up if it cures anything.

(I wouldn't be surprised if the official word was that you aren't supposed to clean the TB in these due to a special coating- I know my Ranger's like that. But I figure if it's dirty, the coating's not doing any good anyway. On the other hand, the Ranger's got 260k miles and I've never had to clean the TB, so maybe it does work.)
 

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I'll save you the suspense: The TB does have that special coating.

It didn't seem to do much good on my car either. I just used an old rag and wiped out what I could, then used throttle body cleaner to clean it up.

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97DragScort,
thank you for the help! I did as you suggested and it fixed it right up.

Pecos
 
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