why does gas pedal depresses on its' own


Asked by Dec 17, 2015 at 06:36 PM about the 2001 Lincoln LS V8

Question type: General

From stop begin to depress gas pedal and it pulls away from my foot. Have to step hard on brake and put in neutral. It stops taking off a few seconds.

5 Answers

Mark Grignon

This vehicle has a throttle body and I believe it is cable driven from the pedal. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I'm also assuming the vehicle has cruise control which if enabled will in fact take the pedal off of your foot. I would check to verify the cruise control is not enabled and if it is still a problem, pull the fuse for the cruise control and see if it goes away. You may have a problem with the cruise control unit.

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.

I think Mark has the best guess. The only other possibility is something pushing or pulling on the throttle cable.

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.
Best Answer
Guy Outland

When you put it in neutral do the engines rpm's start climbing up to about 4k rpm? The cruise isn't active until 25mph or so but if the mounts are bad or the cruise cable is routed wrong it can bind and cause the throttle body to open. Just opening the t/b shouldn't pull the accelerator away from your foot as it will just put some slack in the throttle cable. Do you have abnormally large or worn out floor mats? As the mats age they can bunch up at the pedals and cause unwanted acceleration.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
Guy Outland

FoR there we go typing at the same time again.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

See my other question. The problem hasn't repeated since the battery went dead and was replaced.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • cpu problems on 2001 lincoln ls 3.9 liter 1 answer

    Glitches in systems, including all windows and sunroof found open and gas pedal depressing on its' own.

    2001 Lincoln LS V8



  • Etc and overheating on 2003 Lincoln ls 3.9 v8 3 answers

    Okay, this is going to be a long one. I own a 2003 Lincoln ls with about 115,000 miles on it. The car started having etc code come up on the instrument panel every time I started it and would go int...

    2003 Lincoln LS V8 Sport


    Maintenance & Repair

  • I have a Lincoln LS that won't start but the battery is fully charged. 15 answers

    The engine will sit there and turn over all day long, but doesn't actually "come to life". My room mate is pretty mechanically inclined, and I am not so shabby myself. I can change the coil packs no ...

    2003 Lincoln LS V8 Sport


    Maintenance & Repair

  • LS Electrical Problems - Crazy Instrument Panel & Not Starting 30 answers

    I have a 2002 Lincoln LS8. Yesterday morning I got into the car to leave for work and it would not crank over. As usual, when I inserted the key, the seat began to move into position and the headlight...

    2002 Lincoln LS V8 Sport


    Maintenance & Repair

  • how can I update my own car listing? 1 answer

    I put my car for sale on car guru and the miles is wrong. how can I correct the miles on my own listings?

    2007 Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited




Looking for a Used LS in your area?

CarGurus has 795 nationwide LS listings starting at $2,900.


Search Lincoln LS Questions

Lincoln LS Experts

#1 Ionatan Ion
Ionatan Ion
Reputation 1,140
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 800
#3 Jonathon Sheffield
Jonathon Sheffield
Reputation 700
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Lincoln Town Car"
49 Great Deals out of 2,404 listings starting at $1,542
Used Ford Mustang"
770 Great Deals out of 41,446 listings starting at $900
Used Chevrolet Impala"
997 Great Deals out of 35,743 listings starting at $700
Used Honda Accord"
1,393 Great Deals out of 78,668 listings starting at $1,395
Used Chevrolet Camaro"
855 Great Deals out of 39,085 listings starting at $2,650
Used Nissan Maxima"
491 Great Deals out of 24,113 listings starting at $800
Used BMW 3 Series"
1,684 Great Deals out of 39,943 listings starting at $1,500
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee"
1,261 Great Deals out of 74,259 listings starting at $1,500
Used Acura TL"
298 Great Deals out of 6,965 listings starting at $2,395
Used Nissan Altima"
1,569 Great Deals out of 87,988 listings starting at $1,195

Used Cars For Sale