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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 12:57 pm    Post subject: ACCELERATOR CABLE - Beetle Reply with quote

Hi there,

I was just driving down the road in my 64 Beetle when all of a sudden I noticed that when I had my foot down on the gas the peddle it was pretty much going to the floor...but I was still only going 50kms and not speeding up. Would that be maybe just the accelerator cable or does it sound like more? Thank Surprised)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could be the accelerator cable has slipped. You can check this easily. Just get a friend to sit in the car with the engine off and press the gas all the way to the floor, while you stand over the engine and when the peddle is floored, check to see if you can open the throttle any more with your hand. If you can, then the cable has slipped or maybe stretched. However, it could be something else too. Tell me more about this car. Is a stock 40HP engine or something bigger? Single carb, dual carb? Stock distributor or 009? Give some more details and we'll see if we can help you out, but check the cable first.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its just a stock 1964 Beetle. I will see if I can check the cable (I'm a female) Confused Embarassed Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's OK. Females can work on cars too.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2004 9:56 pm    Post subject: ACCELERATOR Cable Reply with quote

This may sound funny but don't forget to check the way pedal attaches to the floor. I had a 59 that had a throttle pedal that came loose from the floor(loose pin), the result was that when I pushed on the pedal it twisted away from the arm without actually moving the cable, also the pedal would slide left while driving, this one would cause the throttle to release as the pedal slid. It sure felt the same under foot.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for the hints!!! I am all fixed up now (touch wood). It's strange but I had already had my car booked to go in for an oil change before this problem started so I figured no prob, I would just have him check the cable while the car was there. So Thursday night as I was (carefully) driving it down to the shop, I wasn't out of my drive way even 2 minutes and all of a sudden the car was revving like crazy so much that I had to pull over and shut it off. Great, time to call a tow truck, damn. So the tow truck gets there and I briefly explain to the guy what had happened. He asks me to start the car but I was hesitant, he said if it rev's out of control like it had done to quickly shut it off. He said I had a loose distributor wire. So I fired it up and wouldn't ya know it no out of control revving and my pedal was normal again (seems strange, gremlins in my car perhaps? LOL). The shop had a look and a drive and said things seemed fine but to keep my eye on it. So I am now back on the road again but will be a bit nervous for the 1st few rides. I'm not sure what was going on but if it acts up again back to Lous' it will go. This is a little plug for them...I bought my beetle in 1998 and have been taking it to George @ Lou's from the start. They are honest and every single time I have taken my car there the bill has been less than I budgeted for. Also one time I thought I needed a new clutch so took it to George telling him that is what I was there for. Instead of just going along with what I said, he called me to say I did not need a clutch saving me $$$. Being a female I wish I could fix my own car, but since I can't, George @ Lou's is the next best thing Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I;m Confused as to what being a female has to do with not being able to fix your beetle. I know guys who couldn't change a flat. All U have to do is what I did, just get a manual Read It Carefully & don't be afraid to dig in & check things out.
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Most of my guy friends from school could tell the difference between air cooled and water cooled.

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