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Unread 10-27-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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How would I go to stiffen my accelerator up a little bit? With shoes on, I can barely feel the gas pedal, so sometimes, I have no idea how hard I am pushing it. Sometimes, I push too hard, or sometimes, I push too lightly.

I have a Nissan Pathfinder 2001.

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Um, accelerate and brake with your Big Toe, not your Leg and Foot is all I can think of. This seems like an odd request, TO ME, maybe not others. I've never thought of it.

No disrespect intended. A lot of people accelerate and brake with their feet and legs. I accelerate and brake with my big toe.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 03:40 AM   #3
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Get a second throttle return spring and pop it on in conjunction with the exsisting one. Oughtta stiffen it up considerably.

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Um, accelerate and brake with your Big Toe, not your Leg and Foot is all I can think of. This seems like an odd request, TO ME, maybe not others. I've never thought of it.

No disrespect intended. A lot of people accelerate and brake with their feet and legs. I accelerate and brake with my big toe.

you try braking with your big toe on manual brakes...
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I use my toes and a very little part of my foot to drive, full foot for clutch, and half a foot for braking.
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Thank you for the foot advises. I will try this in a couple of hours when I drive home.

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What is a return throttle spring? I am relatively new with cars.

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IT's the spring that pulls the throttle shut again when you let off the gas. Without it, your throttle would hang wide open, and if you released it at partial throttle, it would likely creep to wide open.

An additional one will try to pull it shut that much harder.
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and those of us with electronic throttles are SOL
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Yeah, an additional spring is useless on a throttle-by-wire engine.

Edit: Wait a minute....it's not useless. You just have to put it on the pedal assembly instead of the throttle blades themselves.
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If you just want a stiffer pedal and no increase in response, then you can do what TestECull said. If you want a stiffer pedal AND better response, there are mods you can do to the throttle assembly in the engine to make the cord tighter. I wouldn't mess with that though.

Here it is for a Toyota. It may give you an idea of what you have to do:
http://www.newcelica.org/other/insta...e/throttle.htm
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Get a second throttle return spring and pop it on in conjunction with the exsisting one. Oughtta stiffen it up considerably.




you try braking with your big toe on manual brakes...
his 2001 isn't manual brakes, unless you are referring to a stick shift. I drive one with my toes.
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