Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Acceleration problems

asked by on

When I shifted into 2nd gear, my car jerked. When that happened I put on my brake hard and got off the highway and then turned off the car. The scary thing is that my gas pedal was stuck to the floor. I called a friend and left the car on the side of the road. Before I spend money to have it towed to the dealership, please tell me what I can do to get the accelerator pedal unstuck and if that's possible, would it be safe for me to drive it to the dealership myself?

A: Check to see if the floor mat of carper is ...

Check to see if the floor mat of carper is holding the throttle open. If it is, remove floor mat and if the throttle comes back it should be okay. Before starting it, push the throttle down and up several times to see if it works okay. If the mat or carpet is holding the throttle down then do not try and drive it at all. Do not even start the engine. Tow it to the nearest repair facility or mechanic, and make sure they see that the throttle is stuck to the floor. You may have had an air cleaner filter come loose and lodge itself in the throttle or a problem with the throttle itself. Have a mechanic this out for you, they will be able to accurately assess the problem and make an accurate fix for your pedal.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Failed smog check

Neither of these issues should cause you to fail a smog test. Smog test look at your cars emission output. The radiator might be leaking and need to be repaired but it has nothing to do with your emissions. The...

Q: Death wobble

Hello. Chrysler is in a constant legal battle conserning the death wobble. There are several legal actions filed against them at this time. This loss of control is cause by the grade and design of the entire suspension system. The...

Q: Coolant leak.

Hi there. There are a number of areas that the coolant can leak from on your vehicle. If the coolant only leaks when the engine is running then it is typically a water pump. If it is leaking when the...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.