Pedal to the metal (an unexpected revisit)

In my previous post, I outlined the refurbishing of the accelerator pedal linkage.  It turns out that sometimes the old worn out parts are better than the aftermarket replacements.  With only 200 miles and one camping trip on the new lever, the lever shaft popped off and left the accelerator pedal sitting on the floor, useless.  On the bright side, this failure did not require a repair on the road side, but instead broke in our driveway as I went to return the bus to the garage.  When I called the vendor, they informed me all the repair kits were pulled off the shelf because the levers were defective and they are awaiting a new batch.  In the mean time, I put the original lever back on Moby and it seems to be doing OK with the new push rod (hence why I never throw out the old parts!).

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The lever shaft separated from the lever, disconnecting the pedal from the linkage. While this would not have been a terrible problem to fix on the road, it could have caused major issues while driving!

The shaft was pressed in the lever. Obviously they did not do it well. It’s hard to tell how VW did it on the originals; there is evidence they were also press fit, but I’ve seen them take a lot of pedal stomping and severely bend without the shaft breaking off the lever.

The shaft was pressed in the lever. Obviously they did not do it well. It’s hard to tell how VW did it on the originals; there is evidence they were also press fit, but I’ve seen them take a lot of pedal stomping and severely bend without the shaft breaking off the lever.

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