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Old 08-30-2011, 08:31 AM   #1
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Gas pedal stuck in floor mat this morning!

I had one of the scariest things happen to me this morning on my drive in. Let's just say if I had been driving an automatic, it would have been horrible. I have all-weather floor mats in my Jeep. They came with my Jeep. They are not anchored to anything like some mats are. Turns out, that's a bad thing.

I was driving down a typical suburban route with stoplights, etc. I went to pass a car and stepped hard on the gas pedal. I didn't feel the pedal release back on my foot as I eased off the gas. The pedal had become stuck in one of the all-weather floor mat grooves. My engine revved like crazy and the Jeep rocketed forward. Of course, I freaked, and immediately clutched to push the gear into neutral while the engine revved even higher.

I tried to navigate the road and un-stick the floor mat at the same time. Not so easy. Unfortunately, my seat belt prevented me from bending forward to do what I needed to do. So I tried like mad to un-stick it with my right foot. Thank God I was successful. Had I an automatic, there would have definitely been an accident, but thankfully, I was able to clutch and shift in to neutral easily.

The whole experience was terrifying. I panicked, I can imagine how a young, inexperienced driver would lose it. I can see where bad accidents like this happen. I am definitely going to replace my floor mats to ones that don't slide up.

In the span of 15 seconds, I think I aged a bit this morning. Counting my blessings. Phew. So...check your floor mat position.

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I see you got one of those "toyota" jeeps... silly gas pedal sticking...

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Old 08-30-2011, 09:03 AM   #3
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Neutral/Clutch, and shut the engine off always works if you're really worried. Assuming you're not afraid of using the brakes without boost assist.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:07 AM   #4
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Cut a hole in your weather mats and anchor them to the hook on your floor board for the stock ones.
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If you had an auto, all you would have had to do is bump the gearshift forward into neutral. Really not terribly different. Your hand may not be on an auto gearshift all the time, but its pretty easy to just reach over and bump it while applying the brakes. Glad everything ended up okay for the situation.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:10 AM   #6
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Just think, if you had a 2.5 you wouldn't even have noticed for another two or three blocks!
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:13 AM   #7
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Holy crap. Glad you're okay.

I'm with ESP123 on this. Take a long, hard look at your floor mats and think about how to modify them so this can't happen again.

What kind of mats are they, BTW? I know the Mopar slush mats come with a hole for an anchor. Some dealerships toss in other mats and charge for them as "extras." My dad's JK, for example, "came with" Husky liners.

Good thing you don't have a 2012--you might've gone back in time . . . .
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If you had an auto, all you would have had to do is bump the gearshift forward into neutral. Really not terribly different. Your hand may not be on an auto gearshift all the time, but its pretty easy to just reach over and bump it while applying the brakes. Glad everything ended up okay for the situation.
Ah, I didn't know that. It's been years since I've driven automatic. I think I forgot how. Heh. =)
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Holy crap. Glad you're okay.

I'm with ESP123 on this. Take a long, hard look at your floor mats and think about how to modify them so this can't happen again.

What kind of mats are they, BTW? I know the Mopar slush mats come with a hole for an anchor. Some dealerships toss in other mats and charge for them as "extras." My dad's JK, for example, "came with" Husky liners.

Good thing you don't have a 2012--you might've gone back in time . . . .
I think they're Mopar slush mats. But when I looked this morning, I didn't see an anchor hole for them, so who knows what they are. I'll see if I can get a picture of it to post in a bit.
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My quadratic slush type mats came with the instructions to remove any other floor mat, AND they have a slit to go over the little hook thingy to hold them in place. If there is a carpet mat under your *all weather mats* remove it. And do as recommended above, cut a slit and anchor it. Have you removed them before to clean? Maybe it's there (hook/slit) and you just didn't see it?
Glad you are fine...
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Had I an automatic, there would have definitely been an accident, but thankfully, I was able to clutch and shift in to neutral easily.

As mentioned, neutral is your friend regardless of your transmission.... Keep that in mind this winter as well when you start sliding on the ice.
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I think they're Mopar slush mats. But when I looked this morning, I didn't see an anchor hole for them, so who knows what they are. I'll see if I can get a picture of it to post in a bit.
Do they look like this? They actually have the word "Jeep" imprinted in the rubber. If you have those, they definitely have anchor slots.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:51 AM   #13
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Do they look like this? They actually have the word "Jeep" imprinted in the rubber. If you have those, they definitely have anchor slots.
Well how about that. I just went out and looked again, and there indeed is an anchor that wasn't bolted down. I missed it on my initial inspection earlier. I think I was still too freaked out this morning when I looked after my drive.

Color me embarrassed. D'oh.

Well it's firmly anchored now. That won't happen again.
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The gas pedal in my truck does the same thing from time to time and I don't even have slush mats in it, just regular ones. Not really a big deal, just stomp the pedal a time or two, pull the mat back with your heel, or just turn it off if all else fails. You'll still have brakes once or twice, the vacuum doesn't go away instantly unless the check valve is bad.
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Glad you are safe.

I wonder if this kind of situation will get the ridiculous coverage and attention of our idiot Congress to grandstand and impune a fine product and company?!?!
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Glad you are safe.

I wonder if this kind of situation will get the ridiculous coverage and attention of our idiot Congress to grandstand and impune a fine product and company?!?!
Awe, probably not. This time it was total user error.

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...Not really a big deal, just stomp the pedal a time or two, pull the mat back with your heel, or just turn it off if all else fails. You'll still have brakes once or twice, the vacuum doesn't go away instantly unless the check valve is bad.


Easier said than done. When it was happening, I crapped my proverbial pants and most of my logic went out the window. Hopefully there won't be a next time, hey.
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Just think, if you had a 2.5 you wouldn't even have noticed for another two or three blocks!
Hahahahahaha.

I'm glad your safe! I would have flipped out.
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An Auto is just as easy if not easier to just shift into neutral by just pushing the shifter forward but killing the engine would have been my first thought as not to rev so high once in neutral

I have the Mopar Slush mats and mine has the anchor holes.
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Awe, probably not. This time it was total user error.

It was user in the Toyota case as stated by the NTHSB. The exoneration didn't get anywhere near the news that the BS sensationalized news did.
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Hi Heidi, glad it worked out ok.....listen carefully to the engine. Over reving may damage valves. If you have any concerns Euroquipe is a great shop.....off of Wallace, essentially behind and across the tracks from the toyota place. Hope all is fine!
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An Auto is just as easy if not easier to just shift into neutral by just pushing the shifter forward but killing the engine would have been my first thought as not to rev so high once in neutral

I have the Mopar Slush mats and mine has the anchor holes.
Doesn't killing the engine also kill the steering and brakes?
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Doesn't killing the engine also kill the steering and brakes?
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It kills the POWER brakes and steering. You can still use them; it's just takes more effort to do so.
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As long as the engine is spinning you will have brakes and steering even if you switch it off. If you are coasting in gear and the clutch is out on a manual you will still have both.
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Once I accidentally put the Weathertech liner OVER the gas pedal. The same thing happened. 100% my fault.
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I had a return spring pop off the carburetor leaving a toll booth in traffic in Chicago. It in a '65 Vette with a 350 HP 327. Hit the brakes and started fishtailing. Turned it off an pushed in the clutch. It was a good wake up for me that morning.

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