The Wife called and frantically told me her car was in the middle of the road and would not run. I quickly drove out there to help her out. To my surprise it was quite the opposite. Her car would not stop. I started it up and the brake was really stiff and not affective at all. Emergency brake worked though. Later that night I drove it home about 2+ miles in all. Right away I noticed the car just wanted to take off on its own. The car would just keep gradually accelerate with out the gas pedal engaged. I only let it go to about 30-40 max without applying the brakes and emergency brake. Along the way, I would just put it neutral and do the double brake thing, it was more effective. During a neutral stage I decided to rev the engine to see what would happen. It seemed normal, but from that point on any time i would put it in neutral it would rev higher. (no tach, so i would guess 2-3 thousand RPM based on sound. When stopping now, I would just shut the car off in neutral. Turn it back on in neutral and it would start to rev at the same 2-3 and sometimes drop back off to normal and sputter and some times it would just stay rev’d. I never let it just rev for a long time in neutral cause it seemed to just slowly increase, so once it got to a certain pitch i just shut the car off and tried again.
2001 Plymouth Neon/Auto/89k
The tale of the ghost gas pedal.