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Hey guys,

This is the first time the Elise left me stranded in 5 years of ownership. Was driving and pushed the accelerator pedal and the cable became extremely loose. I checked the pedal connection and the throttle-body connection an it was still attached, just loose. The car runs fine, there is just no acceleration now with the loose throttle cable. I have not had time to take off the under panels to diagnose the problem and I have not seen any threads about replacing the cable/broken cables/loose cables. So I'm just trying to get some feedback to what may have happened. I did not hear any pop (broken cable) so I'm not sure if it's actually broken or just loose somehow. I have no Idea how the cable is installed, so any explanation or diagram would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully, I can dive into this problem and get my Elise back on the road soon! Thanks in advance! :unsure:
 

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If it's just a loose cable you should be able to tighten it at the throttle body , there are two nuts on either side of a bolt to adjust the slack in the cable .

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I remember cable breaking on my Elan (or some car). I just turned up idle higher and drove. NG technique with modern cars.

But, I imagine I could duplicate a bit of that with a paperclip or two. Or, Vise-grip pliers.....

On his Elan, my cousin used string and had a hand control throttle.

Cable should still have a bit of room in it when throttle is fully open, so the stop is on the throttle, NOT the cable.
 

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Thank you guys!!! I will take a look an see. I hope the bolts are just loose. I don't have any experience with the throttle body/cable so I may have missed that.
 

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Have you had someone move the accelerator pedal while you watch the cable in the engine compartment?
Or checked the connection at the pedal. You might need to hire a small child for this step.
 

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Have you had someone move the accelerator pedal while you watch the cable in the engine compartment?
Or checked the connection at the pedal. You might need to hire a small child for this step.
Not yet, that will be the next step...
 

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So I confirmed last night that the cable is broken. I just pulled the wire through the sheath. I think it broke somewhere near the shifter. I started by jacking up the car and removing the two rear under trays. It was a little tricky removing the cable from the throttle body and then cutting the factory zip ties. One zip tie was located way down in the engine bay, I had a hard time cutting that one (I don't think I will be replacing it). Now I have the 1st half of the cable pulled under the car out from the engine bay. Now I just have to see how much interior hardware I need to remove to get the cable pulled through. I have already removed the shifter cover and exposed the shifter frame assembly. I just hope I don't have to remove it and disconnect any shift cables to run a new throttle cable through the firewall. Also, I'm thinking about removing the seat to assume the "Lotus Position" because i'm 6'2" and I can barely reach up in footwell. This may take a while, I still have to order a new cable. :cautious:
 

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Still, good start.
 
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