My 02 impala is either maintaining or picks up speed after I let off the gas pedal. It's almost acting like the cruise control in on, so I pulled the fuse to the cruise. The problem stopped for a week or so, then started doing it again,and it does it randomly, .. any ideas on why it's doing this?

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    Does it idle high in park or neutral?
    – rpmerf
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 15:02

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My Honda did this, I found it was the floor mat getting jammed against the gas pedal. Other than this it could be:

  1. Worn out gas pedal cable, replace it.

  2. Extremely dirty throttle body that is sticking, in this case clean the throttle body with approved throttle body spray cleaner.

  • Was it a Honda or Toyota? Either way, a floor mat is a good suspect.
    – JPhi1618
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 15:51
  • My 89 Honda Accord, it does not have the floor mat hook like later years do.
    – Moab
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 18:27
  • Aside from the cable, the OP could also have a bad throttle plate or throttle plate shaft. @Nick, this is a safety issue. Have it fixed ASAP.
    – race fever
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 19:28

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