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Old 02-11-2014, 07:24 AM
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Ok, so I'm driving into work this morning, it's -3, I'm on a freeway and the car that I'm following decides to go 50 in a 60 mph zone. Better yet, no one in front of him for half a mile and he decides to start hitting his brakes, in the left hand lane. I accelerate to go around him. Once I've passed him I take the pressure off the gas pedal, only to have it stay depressed and next thing you know I'm going 80 and climbing. I jump on the brake and it's still accelerating. I reach down with my foot to try to lift the pedal but my foot won't go under it. I drop it to neutral and the engine revs up to over 5k rpms, so I put it back in gear to keep from damaging the engine. I'm still speeding up and kind of freaking out at this point. I try the reverse and think if I smash the gas pedal again it'll come up, it didn't. I was finally able to get my foot under the pedal and lift it up. It was almost as if it was frozen.

To answer the question going through your head right now, no, the was nothing holding it down, it was simply stuck.

So, my question is, has anyone else had this issue? Could it have been cold weather or just a freak happening?
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:33 AM
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There was actually just a story about this on one of the auto mag websites dealing with the ram vans (promaster I think?). It basically said any amount of sideways pressure on the gas pedal and they were getting stuck. I'll see if I can find the story.
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dangerous stuff man, glad you're ok. Maybe get some lube on the pedal mechanism if that was the problem
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WOW......Good thinkg that you stayed calm and eventually released the accelerator......I will be following this thread.....
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If this ever happens again, shift to neutral and let the motor bounce off the rev limiter. You will not damage the engine. Shifting to Reverse at 80 would not be good if the tranny would even let you.
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TJC, I didn't drop the tranny in reverse, I meant I did the opposite of letting off the pedal, I mashed it down to see if it would release. I knew if I dropped the tranny in reverse, I'd be picking it up off the road once I came to a stop.
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The trans will not complete the shift, you will break the shift lever before it will let you into any gear other than a forward gear at anything above parking lot speeds. You cant shift to park or reverse at anything higher than like 5mph.

I am curious, arent our newer trucks drive by wire? Meaning they have no physical link (i.e. a cable) between the accelerator and the throttle body? If so this could be any number of things. Start with the pedal assembly, but it could be on the throttle body end or in the PCM. Did it throw a code?
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Army.........that was a question I had (not asked) about the drive by wire. I don't know the answer. But, if it had something to do with that system, I wouldn't think that the pedal would stick, it would be at the throttle body where the stick would occur. I'm just speculating of course. When I finally disengaged the pedal you could hear it "pop' for lack of better word. I would assume it's in the pedal assembly. If I can find open space tonight on the way home, I'll try to recreate it.
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I have never heard of this happening on a Ram, but I will be mindful of it. Did you get down there and look to see if there was anything it could have caught on?
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Thunderhorse, I have not looked to see if it caught on anything. I have some floor mats, but last I looked they weren't near the pedal. I'll look tonight when I get home and post later.
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