What is the Accelerator Cable
The driver is in control of the speed or acceleration of the car with the help of the accelerator cable, or throttle cable. This cable creates a connection between the accelerator pedal and the throttle body. It has an outer casing made of metal and rubber, while the inner cable is produced with metal wire. With repeated use and friction, the accelerator cable can get worn out and ragged, and becomes more susceptible to breaking. Keep an eye out for things that indicate that you must change the accelerator cable.
What to bear in mind:
- If the accelerator cable gets broken or frayed, it cannot send the signal to the engine. The engine, in turn, will not open the butterfly valves and pump oxygen into the carburetor.
- The accelerator cable might not work optimally because of slack.
How it’s done:
- The car hood is raised and supported
- The defective accelerator cable is taken out
- The new accelerator cable is mounted
- The throttle is exercised to make it operates smoothly without binding
- The car hood is closed and road tested for proper operation
It is recommended to get a mechanic to check the accelerator cable in your vehicle if you notice the accelerator is abnormally inflexible and does not come back up right away. If you face a situation where the accelerator stops responding and you’re driving on a busy road, use the remaining momentum you have to pull over to the side of the road. Invite and schedule an appointment with a mechanic to fix this problem.
What common signs indicate you may need to replace the Accelerator Cable?
- Need to press down hard on the accelerator for response
- Engine does not respond immediately when you push down on the accelerator
- Vehicle jerking during cruise mode
How important is this repairs
A faulty or broken accelerator cable can lead to your car coming to complete halt in the middle of traffic or worse, on an incline. Typically, accelerator cables are highly durable, but you should request a mechanical inspection every six months to be sure that it remains in perfect working order.