What are the symptoms of a loose throttle cable?

What are the symptoms of a loose throttle cable?

Some of these issues are:

  • The pedal feels stiff or hard to depress.
  • The pedal sticks and does not release normally.
  • There is slack in the pedal’s movement.
  • There is a rough or abnormally low idle.
  • The engine stalls.
  • There is a delay in response when you push the pedal down.

Is the throttle cable supposed to be loose?

The tightness of the accelerator, or throttle, cable on any vehicle is important. If the cable is tightened too much, the car will not idle properly and consume fuel quickly. If the cable is too loose, the car will respond slowly when you press the gas pedal.

Why is my accelerator loose?

The first reason why some gas pedals can feel soft is that they are made to be that way. That means that the car that you have just has a gas pedal that is naturally softer than others, such that it doesn’t take too much pressure or effort on your part to press down on it.

How much slack should my throttle cable have?

Most motorcycle manufacturers recommend about 2 to 3 millimeters of throttle free play, but over time the cables will stretch and settle into their housings and you’ll end up with more slack.

Should a throttle cable have slack?

Poor full throttle operation may be a sign that the throttle cable has too much slack. An engine that is difficult to control or has an erratic idle may indicate that there is not enough throttle cable slack.

How tight should the throttle cable be?

The accelerator cable tension is usually set so that 2-3mm of free play is present in the throttle grip. Once the correct tension has been applied, the lock nuts should be snugged and any dust covers should be slid back over the adjusters. Cables can be adjusted using the appropriate size wrench.

Do throttle cables stretch?

Yes, they can stretch a little over time and strain. But they can only stretch a little as they are metal which can only stretch so much. There are two basic components in a cable.