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 12-14-2009, 18:45 Post: 167499
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This past weekend I experienced a problem with my 2001 gator 4X2. I am not a mechanic so excuse me if I use the incorrect terminology. Essentially, whenever I give the gator gas it either does not want to accelerate or if I'm accelerating it gets stuck and it won't idle back down. I inspected the cable which is connected to the gas pedal (at the carburetor) and as I step on the gas the cable appears to stick. I can pull on the cable lever with my fingers and it moves like it is supposed to after a slight stickiness.

If I drive the gator for a while with the gas pedal fully depressed, the opposite happens. The gator gets stuck in the wide open position and I can barely stop the vehicle. I had to put it in neutral a couple of times to stop it! Again, I can move the lever with my fingers and it will idle back down.

I removed the carburetor and moved the flaps back and forth manually. The one which controls air flow seemed ok but the one which controls gas flow felt a little sticky. I cleaned it with solvent and sprayed lubricant on the OUTSIDE of the carburetor. This seemed to help but after I reattached the cable to the flap it started acting up again.

Does anyone have any input as to what the culprit is and how I can fix it (procedures/parts). Thanks!! Smile






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 12-17-2009, 15:10 Post: 167547
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 Sticky throttle cable/lever

Have you looked to see if the throttle cable has a kink in it? It might need lubing or there could be a return spring missing or stretched. This should be simple to follow the cable to find for it will be on one end of the cable or the other and probably the engine end. No idea of there is a best way to lube that cable but if you can get oil down it from both ends that probably will work. They do make kits to do such but I have never used one.






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 12-18-2009, 19:08 Post: 167559
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Hey,

Thanks for the input. I ended up taking it to a technician who initialy thought it might be a return spring. It ended up being of all things; dirt/mud/debris on cable and in spring areas. I had cleaned it up well I thought but I guess I missed some spots! Smile

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