Taking up the
slack in your accelerator pedal
(99 and 2000 models)
in by David MacCallum
You may have not
noticed, but there is a lot of slack built into your Mustang's accelerator
pedal. To see how much, lift up on the accelerator pedal. You should be
able to lift it by about 1 inch. For some reason, Ford made the accelerator
pedal much deeper than the brake and clutch. This makes it extremely difficult
if not impossible to do heel and toe driving. It also increases the odds
that you are not achieving wide open throttle when you mash the pedal
because the floor gets in the way.
A simple solution exists. You can take up the slack in the pedal by buying
a 13 cent hollow nylon spacer - available at just about any hardware store.
Also buy 2 small hose clamps.
Photo of Gas Pedal linkage
How to install:
You will need a flashlight and a socket set with a screwdriver that accepts
sockets on the end. You can alternatively use a large screwdriver but
it is very difficult to reach with both arms under the dash while trying
to tighten a hose clamp that you can barely get a hold of (watch out for
Unhook the throttle cable in the engine compartment by pushing the plastic
throttle body linkage all the way forward then slide the cable out of
its slot. This will allow the cable under the dash of your car to fall
down about 8 inches where it is MUCH easier to work on.
Using a razor blade tool, cut a piece out of the side of the 1" nylon
spacer. You will need to make the cut much wider at one end because the
cable linkage has a metal stop attached to the end.
Fit the nylon spacer over the cable then slide both hose clamps over the
spacer and tighten. It is much easier if you tighten the hose clamps so
they fit almost flush over the nylon spacer before you put them on.
Tighten the hose clamps and that is it!
Gas Pedal is now nearly
even with the other pedals
Your accelerator pedal should now be about 1/2 inch lower than the brake
pedal. Now wide open throttle does not interfere with the carpeting at
all. - Dave
Note: This can
also be done in other model year stangs, it was mentioned 99 - 00 because
we noticed the pedal a little low. - MW
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