How to Install Throttle Cables

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Throttle cables are one of those things that most people would think could never go wrong on a vehicle, but the fact is, they do. Sometimes the cable stretches, and sometimes it's not positioned right. Either way, installing a throttle cable isn't difficult. As an example, the following directions are for installing a throttle cable on a 1984 Chevrolet C10 truck with a 305 motor, but the process is similar for many different vehicles.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Push the end of the new throttle cable onto the linkage on the carburetor. In our C10 example, this is held in place with a clip, but on some other vehicles, the end of the throttle cable is capped and simply slides through a slot on the linkage.

  • Place the throttle cable clip over the linkage. You may need to pry the end up with a flat-head screwdriver to get it in place.

  • Secure the throttle cable in the throttle cable bracket located on the intake manifold. This, too, should clip into place.

  • Route the cable into the cab, being sure to keep it kink-free.

  • Loop the end onto the end of the accelerator pedal inside of the linkage hole. In other vehicles, there may be a clip on the accelerator pedal that holds the throttle cable in place, which is also easy to do with your bare hands.

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