Why Does My Gas Pedal Feel Soft? (Explained)

One of the things that you need to do while you are driving and as the car is moving and accelerating is to keep your foot on the gas pedal. But, depending on how fast you want to go, you need to make sure that you do not put too much pressure on the pedal.

Still, why does it feel like the gas pedal is a bit too soft such that it is easy to press down?

Here’s why your car gas padal feels soft

When you feel like the gas pedal is too soft, there are several reasons for this. The first is that the gas pedal of your car is just naturally made to be softer than the ones you see in other cars. In some cases, there might be a problem with the accelerator cable, which can cause the pedal to feel soft.

Car gas pedal

The thing you need to understand when it comes to the accelerator pedal is that the resistance you feel will depend on how it was made. Some people say that manual vehicles have softer pedals.

Meanwhile, other cars just have softer pedals because they were made to be that way. It depends on the car you are driving, but there are some instances when there might be an underlying problem.

Why does my gas pedal feel soft?

When you are driving, it is very important for you to make sure that you are able to properly control how much pressure you put on the gas pedal. That’s because the gas pedal, when pressed too much, will force the vehicle to accelerate faster than you might want it to.

And that can be dangerous in instances when you should be driving at a controlled pace (such as when traffic is bad or when you are driving in the middle of the city).

That said, the gas pedal should be able to have a bit of resistance when it comes to whatever pressure you are putting on it. The resistance is there to make sure that it doesn’t get pressed too hard with just a bit of weight or pressure from your foot.

Still, why is it that there are some gas pedals that may feel soft?

The first reason why some gas pedals can feel soft is that they are made to be that way. That means that the car that you have just has a gas pedal that is naturally softer than others, such that it doesn’t take too much pressure or effort on your part to press down on it. This is quite common in the accelerators found on manual cars, as some people find that manual transmission vehicles are a bit more revvy than their automatic counterparts.

Then again, there are some instances when the gas pedal can be a bit too soft for your liking because there is an underlying problem with the accelerator system. This can happen when the accelerator cable is too loose. When the accelerator cable is too loose, you will also notice that the vehicle will respond slowly, on top of the possibility that the pedal might be a bit too soft as well.

Another reason why the accelerator pedal can end up becoming too soft is when there are problems with the springs that provide the resistance that the pedal needs to force it back into place when there is no pressure applied. In such an instance, it would be wise to take the vehicle to a mechanic to have the springs checked or replaced when there is a need to replace the springs.

Is it normal that my gas pedal has no pressure?

As we said, there are some instances when some cars are just made to have softer gas pedals. That is quite normal, as different car manufacturers have different specifications on their cars. So, in such a case, it falls on your part to adjust how much pressure you put on the gas pedal when you are driving.

In most cases, people who are driving cars with really soft gas pedals tend to rest their heels on the floor so that they won’t be able to put any weight on the front part of their foot. The weight of the foot will have to rest on the heels, and this makes it easier for them to control how much pressure they put on a very soft gas pedal.

But while it might be normal for some gas pedals to be really soft to the point that you don’t need to put a lot of weight on your foot to rev up, there are some gas pedals that require almost no pressure at all. So, if that is the case, is it normal for the gas pedal to have no pressure or resistance?

It shouldn’t be normal for a gas pedal to have no pressure or resistance. Remember the fact that a gas pedal needs to have some sort of resistance so that it would be pushed back up when there is no weight on it. However, if the gas pedal has no pressure or resistance, it would always be in a low position even when there is no pressure on the pedal itself. This is when things can become problematic.

How do you fix a low gas pedal?

There can be several reasons why a gas pedal is low and seemingly has no pressure at all. The first probably reason is a loose accelerator cable. To fix a loose accelerator cable, here is what you need to do:

  • Lift the hood of the vehicle and look for the braided accelerator cable that is usually found on the right side of the engine compartment. You would be able to find two lugs on this cable. The lug that is closest to the front part of the vehicle is the lock nut, while the other one is the deflection-adjustment nut. You should loosen the lock nut first so that you can move the deflection nut.
  • You can now adjust the accelerator cable by carefully turning the deflection-adjustment nut. Turning it too tight will cause the throttle to pull and cause your car to idle more. That is why you need to be careful and that you need to adjust the cable such that the deflection in the middle of the cable is somewhere between one and three millimeters. 
  • After that, tighten the lock nut again so that the deflection nut will be locked. Close the hood of the car carefully.


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