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Old 09-06-2004, 12:06 PM
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Accelerator Pedal Spring????

I recently purchased a 126 300SD to go along with my '83 300D. My wife has taken an interest in the SD (she never liked my "smelly" diesel). But I have a problem. She had polio when she was 6 and she has very little movement and strength in her ankles. The accelerator pedal in the SD is too stiff for her. I tried to lube all the joints with tranny fluid, this helped some but not enough. I looked and looked but couldn't find any spring or springs in the linkage. First of all, is there a spring? And where is it located? Is it possible to weaken it's effect on the pedal? I looked in the archives and couldn't find any pertinent info. Thanks in advance. Lee Derby

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Old 09-06-2004, 03:52 PM
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if you were looking at the front of the car it would be underneath on the right side. right next to the tranny. i just changed mine out to one that isnt as stiff. much easier to push.
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Old 09-06-2004, 09:50 PM
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I can't say for certain how your pedal is configured. On my '91 350SD there isn't anything to lubricate (although I tried). There is a pedal that clips into something on the floor--that's all there is, no gears, no lubricating. Acceleration bothered me for a while until I simply replaced it--all of it, maybe $15. Done.

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