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Power seem down? Check accelerator cable.

Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by MtnHaul, Nov 27, 2020.

  1. MtnHaul

    MtnHaul Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Well I hate to admit any degree of stupidity but this time my 1/4 Polish ancestry got the better of mecookoo:frustrate:idiot:. Over the last year my truck just didn't seem to have the same pep and I drive the same roads and hills so any gain or loss is usually noticeable. Now I did have two fairly major surgeries over the last 15 months so a lot of that time the truck sat idle. Anyways, a couple weeks ago I was driving home and suddenly my foot went to the floor and lost almost all power, and of course this happened on a steep hill in an area with no cell phone coverage. A quick examination showed the accelerator cable housing had separated from the flange that bolts to the firewall. Luckily a tow truck driver I knew just happened to drive by and towed me home. Installed a new cable the next day and I couldn't believe the difference. I can only guess that my POS old cable wasn't giving me the full range and it happened slowly enough that I didn't notice it happening. My truck is the only IDI I've ever driven so I have nothing to compare it to, and I can't help but wonder if some of the folks who complain about low power don't just have some stupid simple issues like I did. Happy holidays:cheers:
     
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    IDIBRONCO IDIBRONCO

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    They can and do stretch. I've had two clutch cables and a throttle cable stretch and break while riding ATVs and dirt bikes. Different applications, but the principle is still the same.
     
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    Sometimes admitting our own stupidity helps someone else. Thanks.
     
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  4. Selahdoor

    Selahdoor How can I help you, or make you laugh, today? Supporting Member

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    If all it takes to help someone is to admit our stupidity...

    BOY! Am I here to help!!!

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    Felt like that after swapping the air filter
     

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