Broken Accelerator Pedal

If you track your 996, you want to think about replacing the hinge on the accelerator pedal before it breaks (unlike me who drove home from the track without an accelerator pedal).  Although the hinge can be removed from the pedal assembly, it isn’t designed as a distinct part so it can’t be purchased from Porsche without buying the whole pedal assembly.  Fortunately, you have a couple of options.

First lets start with the pedal assembly. Porsche switched to e-gas (electronic throttle) in 2000.  The pedal assembly has a hinge at the base and a metal rod under the pedal that activates a lever.   The lever pulls a cable which used to be connected to the throttle body.  Beginning in 2000, the cable connects to a sensor (#10) that communicates with the throttle body through the data bus.  This is fortunate for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is that it means that throttle response is tunable.

Later model 911s came with the option to control throttle response with a button.  You can add that feature to a 996 with the use of Sprint Booster.  The Sprint Booster plugs in between the throttle position sensor and the bus, giving you  the option of stock, sport, or sport plus throttle response, controlled with a button you locate somewhere within reach of the shifter.  (It really does work as advertised.) The new version has even more settings than my older one does.

To remove the pedal assembly, remove the one bolt (#14) and slide the whole assembly up to release from the catches.  Unless you plan to remove everything shown in the top half of the diagram, you have to open the assembly and release the cable to remove the assembly from the car.  Fortunately it is just held together by three screws on the side and two at the hinge.

Besides trying to find a quality used part (which is just borrowed time) you basically have three options: Get a Porsche or aftermarket pedal assembly ($300-$400); buy an aftermarket hinge from Rennline ($65); or make one yourself ($2).  Since we’re all about DIY, we decided to make one first then try the Rennline part if needed later.

Using the Rennline option as inspiration, we headed off to the local hardware store. Found a hinge of about the right size, scrounged some pop-rivets, and a few minutes later, had a viable hinge again.  It doesn’t look bad and seems to do the job. I suppose we could find a way to screen “Porsche” on it and sell them for $50 each….

In the end, I bought the Rennline part. I couldn’t stand those pop-rivet eyes staring at me.  You couldn’t see them while driving, but I knew they were there. Watching. Judging….