How Long Does a Throttle Control Cable Last?

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As you drive through the streets and encounter different speed limits, you rely on the accelerator to speed up when needed. This is done through the use of the throttle control cable, which is also called the accelerator cable. This cable is attached to the accelerator pedal which you push down on. It connects to the throttle body. The cable is just that, a metal wire, and around this wire is an outer casing which is rubber and metal.

As you are constantly pressing down and then easing up on the accelerator pedal, over time this cable starts to wear down, fray, and even break; causing it to fail completely. While there isn't a set mileage for its lifespan, you need to recognize the warning symptoms immediately as this is a major safety issue. Once the cable becomes worn down or broken it will need to be replaced completely. Should the cable break, safely pull your vehicle to the side of the road immediately and stop your vehicle. You can give YourMechanic a call, and they will be able to get the problem diagnosed and fixed.

Here are some signs you should be aware of that can represent a failing or broken throttle control cable:

  • If your car has cruise control, you may suddenly start to notice it jerking as you are traveling along the road. This can be an early sign that the cable is starting to give out.

  • If you find that you need to press down on the accelerator and then wait for results, this is another warning sign that shouldn't be ignored.

  • It's wise to pay attention to how much force you need to use when pressing down on the accelerator. If there are any changes and you suddenly need to apply more force, it's time to have YourMechanic take a closer look.

The throttle control cable is an important component in your vehicle. It is attached to your accelerator pedal and connects to the throttle body. As you press down on your accelerator pedal you’ll be able to speed up. Should this cable start to wear down, or worse break then you will notice a massive difference in how well your car reacts when accelerating. If you’re experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms and suspect your throttle control cable is in need of replacement, get a diagnostic, or book a throttle control cable replacement service with YourMechanic.


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Patrick

31 years of experience
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Patrick
31 years of experience
Honda Civic - Oil Change - Austin, Texas
Ford Thunderbird - Car is not starting - Austin, Texas
Patrick arrived before the scheduled appointment I was notified before he arrived. Patrick was very thourogh with his inspection of my vehicle and made me confident that he would do an excellent job.

Jonathan

33 years of experience
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Jonathan
33 years of experience
Lincoln Town Car - Accelerator Cable - Tampa, Florida
He was right on time for his appointment and finished the job in a very reasonable time at a very reasonable price I would Definitely Use him again Was very pleased with the work. Edward K ISOSoNDI

Shaun

14 years of experience
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Shaun
14 years of experience
Ford F-250 - Accelerator Cable - Menlo Park, California
Service was Excellent

Brandon

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Brandon
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Ford Bronco - Accelerator Cable - Loganville, Georgia
Brandon is a very knowledgeable mechanic, Looking forward to him doing more work for me.

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