My gas pedal stops working, I have to pull over till it kicks in....

Asked by Jun 05, 2013 at 04:33 PM about the 1996 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 96'. When I'm driving, all the sudden the gas pedal stops working and I have to pull over till it kicks in .I also have to let the car run for bit before I can leave or else the car just wont move

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Check your accelerator cable at the throttle body, it's probably binding up. A good cleaning and lube with get it working good as new.

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Are you saying that the transmission won't engage? The engine just revs up but the car won't go anywhere? Your statement about letting it run a bit before you can leave or it just wont move sounds like a transmission whose seals are long worn out. They get hard over time and won't apply pressure properly until things warm us and the seals get a little more pliable. You might consider having a shop look at it. It should cost no more than 1 hour's labor and you are not obligated to fix it if you don't want to.

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Thank you for the replies, these are great! "Are you saying that the transmission won't engage?" It's something like that, it doesn't catch is the best way I can explain it...and than eventually I press on the gas pedal and you can feel that the pedal has power again. I'm taking it to a place this afternoon, so we will see. Hopefully I make it there and it doesn't decide it's done on me. Its rainy outside, it would be just my luck!! LOL!! A friend of mine thinks I might just need transmission fluid, so gonna try that quick before take to garage. Thanks again for the great answers, this is an awesome webpage!!!

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