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Ghia gas pedal

Post by dingo » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:42 pm

'70 Ghia..the gas pedal is hanging up and not returning reliably, resulting in runaway idle. On busses i usually add a second sprin g below pedal to make up for sloppiness..but im not familiar with Ghia...
any suggestions
It has an 'S' shaped terminal on the cable where it interacts with the pedal..looks like a primitive arrangement..but i guess it worked at some point
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Re: Ghia gas pedal

Post by Bleyseng » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:03 am

Shoot some PB Blaster on the assembly up front as something must be hanging up or its dirty. The petal assembly gets full of crap over the years.
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Re: Ghia gas pedal

Post by sped372 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:49 am

You're positive the trouble is at the pedal? The throttle butterfly on cheapo carbs can hang up too (I've had it happen). I've also had an errant vacuum line occasionally interfere with the throttle arm in the engine bay (on a Ghia, even!). Just saying, check for other possibilities if you haven't already.
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Post by wcfvw69 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:23 pm

Make sure the throttle pedal assembly isn't getting caught in the mat or carpet as well..
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Post by cegammel » Sat Apr 02, 2016 3:29 pm

Colin recommended ATF as a lube for the pedal assembly, after you get the goo out. My Vanagon's was very sticky...as in all or nothing, no finesse possible. A toothebrush and ATF seems to have done it.

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Re: Ghia gas pedal

Post by dingo » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:10 pm

ATF and toothbrush...seems to have restored some zip to the return action
Thx.
'71 Kombi, 1600 dp

';78 Tranzporter 2L

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Post by sped372 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:17 am

He just rec'd that on my Vanagon return spring as well, trouble is I don't have any ATF since all our vehicles are manual! Have to pick some up or steal from a friend.
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Re: Ghia gas pedal

Post by dingo » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:26 pm

I drilled and added a spring at the pedal...i could not find anything that returned the pedal AT the pedal..only the carb spring???....so thus the extra spring.
As it turns out, that was not the main problem, but did need to be done...cant say im much of a fan of the 'S' style cable terminal;
'71 Kombi, 1600 dp

';78 Tranzporter 2L

" Fill what's empty, empty what's full, and scratch where it itches."

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