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01 bonneville se 3.8L hesitates when gas pedal depressed then surges.also it doesnt want to shift properly when doing this

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SOURCE: "Sticky" accelerator

no, that's not likely the throttle body. start by looking at the throttle body though, if there are cables going to it that control it, follow the cables back, one should go to the firewall, and one should go to a little black box. that box is you're cruise control unit. chances are that is what's causing the problem (try a salvage yard, they're cheaper than a dealer). however if there is an electric motor controlling the throttle, you should take the car to a shop to have it fixed.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009


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SOURCE: No power accelerating or going up a hill


Posted on Feb 03, 2009



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SOURCE: car must have over 1/2 tank or will not idle w/o depressing pedal put in gas and will idle

fuel pump worn out. or pick up tube in tank not right

Posted on Apr 25, 2009


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SOURCE: Car backfires hesitates when depressing gas pedal

Check the vacum lines going to the distributor and transmission. If they are leaking it could be your problem.

Posted on May 07, 2009


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SOURCE: i have a 2004 toyota rav4.yesterday the vsc trac

My solution is to get rid of this car immediately!! I had that happen to me. I had my mechanic check it and it was fine about 2 weeks later the car completely died because there is a defect with the 2004 Rav4 2.4l 4cyl. engine. Toyota never recalled this defect and now I am stuck with a car that is worth NOTHING. The top of the engine is put on with a metal/screw that is too soft. It separates and then antifreeze leaks out forcing the car to overheat. There is really no way to fix this besides dropping a new engine. I am stuck without a car and at a total loss. I will NEVER buy a Toyota again. Good luck!

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