Zooom! Yikes!!!

Zoot531 at aol.com Zoot531 at aol.com
Mon Nov 4 15:31:54 EST 2002


   I need your help.  This last thursday, me and a few of my PiKA bretheren
were starting off on a trip to another college (Davis) to visit some fellow
brothers.  Just before the freeway, turning around a corner, my car just
picks up and goes full out in first gear.  Usually cool, excecpt this time,
the foot wasn't on the gas and i was in suburban Stockton.  So i shift up and
keep trying to modulate the gas pedal to no avail, completely limp.  I take
out the clutch and it simply winds all the way up and bouces off the rev
limiter incessantly.  My only option is to turn the car off in the middle of
the street and coast to the side of the road.
    Upon close inspection, the throttle linkage has snapped at what I'm
guessing is the throttle body actuator. (I don't know my intake parts).  Only
thing is...when this happens shouldn't it be closed by default?   I'm very
confused and rather afraid to even drive it to the mechanic, I got it back to
school by idling at 5-10 mph the whole way.  So i guess I'm suggesting you
all take a good look at your throttle linkages, just to be sure, because
that's easily the most scared I've been in my car to date.  Also, any
thoughts on where i can get a replacement "throttle body lever thingy"?

Shaken in CA and thankful my car isn't chipped yet,
Adam Chinchiolo
'91 200q20v

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