Being the fact that the accelerator pedal is hard to move, there must be a problem with the accelerator cable. Try to follow the cable and see that it is not stuck in between something or that on the throttle body the throttle linkage hits something. Check also the pedal to see if carpet is not stuck in between the mechanism or something else is wrong. If this all seems to be ok, the accelerator cable is then probably binding. Disconnect both ends and check if cable is free to move.
The last one could be the transmission throttle valve cable, which runs from the throttle body to the transmission. If this one is not properly adjusted, it will give too late or too soon shifting.
(1) Turn ignition key to OFF position.
(2) Remove air cleaner.
(3) Verify that lever on throttle body (Fig. 241) is
at curb idle position. Then verify that the transmission
throttle lever (Fig. 242) is also at idle (fully forward)
(4) Slide cable off attachment stud on throttle body
(5) Compare position of cable end to attachment
stud on throttle body lever:
Cable end and attachment stud should be
aligned (or centered on one another) to within 1 mm
(0.039 in.) in either direction (Fig. 243).
If cable end and attachment stud are misaligned
(off center), cable will have to be adjusted as
described in Throttle Valve Cable Adjustment procedure.
(6) Reconnect cable end to attachment stud. Then
with aid of a helper, observe movement of transmission
throttle lever and lever on throttle body.
If both levers move simultaneously from idle to
half-throttle and back to idle position, adjustment is
If transmission throttle lever moves ahead of, or
lags behind throttle body lever, cable adjustment will
be necessary. Or, if throttle body lever prevents
transmission lever from returning to closed position,
cable adjustment will be necessary.
(1) Turn ignition switch to OFF position.
(2) Remove air cleaner if necessary.
(3) Disconnect cable end from attachment stud.
Carefully slide cable off stud. Do not pry or pull
(4) Verify that transmission throttle lever is in
fully closed position. Then be sure lever on throttle
body is at curb idle position.
(5) Pry the T.V. cable lock (A) into the UP position
(Fig. 243). This will unlock the cable and allow for
(6) Apply just enough tension on the T.V. cable (B)
to remove any slack in the cable.
Pulling too tight
will cause the T.V. lever on the transmission to
move out of its idle position, which will result
in an incorrect T.V. cable adjustment. Slide the
sheath of the T.V. cable (D) back and forth until the
centerlines of the T.V. cable end (B) and the throttle
bell crank lever (C) are aligned within one millimeter
(1mm) (Fig. 243).
(7) While holding the T.V. cable in the set position
push the T.V. cable lock (A) into the down position
(Fig. 243). This will lock the present T.V. cable
NOTE: Be sure that as the cable is pulled forward
and centered on the throttle lever stud, the cable
housing moves smoothly with the cable. Due to the
angle at which the cable housing enters the spring
housing, the cable housing may bind slightly and
create an incorrect adjustment.
(8) Reconnect the T.V. cable (B) to the throttlethrottle lever and lever on throttle body move simultaneously.
bellcrank lever (C).
(9) Check cable adjustment. Verify transmission