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Good Morning,

Out for my "at least once a week" run in the car (2000.996 convertible) and something strange happened.

Nice day, a little cool though, started with the top down - about a half hour later, decided it was getting a little too cool and pulled into a country driveway to do the top up.

I pull out (in reverse) to continue on this great road, slow down to shift into first to go forward, when the engine revs up to redline all on its own!

I just changed the pedals a month ago to aluminum, so I thought maybe they got tied up with the carpet or something - gave the floormat a little jiggle to get it completely out of the way and carried on.

Thought everything was back to normal and did my drive an then carried on home.

When I parked the car and got out though - I'd swear I could smell the clutch (and this was a couple of hours after the incident)

Any ideas?

Thanks.....

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Thanks Loren,

Would you advise not to run the car until then judging by my description?

After the incident, I didn't notice any other peculiarities - and the smell was only detected when I got out of the car (as in, not overpoweringly strong)

I have a 300 mile pleasure cruise that starts tomorrow that - well you know - I had visions of the top down and having fun!

Thanks...

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Thanks Loren,

Would you advise not to run the car until then judging by my description?

After the incident, I didn't notice any other peculiarities - and the smell was only detected when I got out of the car (as in, not overpoweringly strong)

I have a 300 mile pleasure cruise that starts tomorrow that - well you know - I had visions of the top down and having fun!

Thanks...

Well, I would continue to drive the car carefully watching for it to happen again.

Sounds very unusual.

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At the time engine ran away, you were on the clutch and brake, but not the throttle, right? That makes sense if you were preparing to shift rev to fwd. New pedals? Possible your foot caught the throttle while pressing the brake? Remember those runaway Audi 4000's? Possible that the pedal installation is such that the brake pedal itself can catch on the throttle? Not even directly, but say the pedal snags a wire and the wire presses the throttle. I'd look carefully at this installation. I hate when the engine spins 5800 RPMs more than I tell it to.

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I second the pedal possibility. With the new pedals you probably did the type of heel/toe I do but by mistake. My alum pedals are such that I can have 90% of foot braking and engage 10% on the gas took blip throttle.

My wife did this once in her car where she hit the brake and caught the gas and floored it plowing dirt with the front wheels.

Check codes... but I bet if you watch your feet....it won't happen again

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