How Toyota dealers repair sticky accelerator pedals – Click above for high-res image gallery

Toyota has sent out nearly 10 million recall notices for its unintended acceleration problem, and while dealers are working hard to install new equipment into customer cars, some consumers report that the current fix may not be enough to completely solve the unintended acceleration problem. In fact, NHTSA has received seven complaints in the past two weeks from Toyota owners saying that even after the repairs, the cars still experienced sudden acceleration issues.

The Los Angeles Times reports that many experts feel the gas pedal, floor mat and brake override fixes aren't enough, as they don't deal with the actual root of the problem. Still, we'll have to take these new complaints with a grain of salt until NHTSA actually verifies that the allegations are, in fact, true. NHTSA Administrator David Strickland tells us, "NHTSA has already started contacting consumers about these complaints to get to the bottom of the problem and to make sure Toyota is doing everything possible to make its vehicles safe. If Toyota owners are still experiencing sudden acceleration incidents after taking their cars to the dealership, we want to know about it."


  • LaFontaine Toyota in Dearborn, MI
  • LaFontaine Toyota service department
  • A row of new Corollas in the shop ready to be updated.
  • Boxes of various sized shims.
  • "Precision machined reinforcing bars"
  • Reaching up under the dashboard of a Corolla to unbolt the gas pedal.
  • Checking the manufacturing date code on the pedal assembly. This unit does require an update.
  • A set of feeler gauges, strips of metal of calibrated thickness.
  • Doug Kropp checks the gap in the pedal assembly with the feeler gauge.
  • Toyota provides an instruction chart that specifies the shim thickness to use based on the measured gap.
  • Kropp pushes the shim into the pedal assembly with a screwdriver.
  • Kropp does a visual check to verify that the shim is properly seated.
  • Kropp re-installs the accelerator pedal and connects the diagnostic computer.
  • Another Toyota supplied instruction chart lists the voltages that the pedal position sensor should be outputting.
  • Master Toyota technician Doug Kropp explains the recall procedure.

[Source: Los Angeles Times]


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