Gas pedal sticks on a 1998 Toyota Camry

I have a 1998 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder with 131K. When at a complete stop, the gas pedal often hesitates when time to take off. Never a promlem when already in motion and accelerating. Only happens from a complete stop, you press the gas and it takes a few seconds and the car jolts forward. Other than that drives and rides good. Why the hesitation or sticking of gas pedal?

The first thing to try is have the throttle body cleaned. Deposits can form around the throttle plate in the throttle body causing it to stick when the accelerator is first applied.


Completely agree with Tester. And if you don’t want to do the job yourself your honest independent mechanic can do it in about 15 minutes – i.e., not expensive.

This sounds silly, but make sure your gas pedal is not catching on the edge of the floormat also.

Ed B.

If the spray cleaning, with Carb/Throttle Body cleaner, of the iac (idle air control) valve, and throttle body bore and throttle plate, [b[and[/b] cleaning the MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor with MAF cleaner, doesn’t bring relief, aim suspicions at the throttle position sensor (tps).