The Throttle Can Stick or Pop After Vehcile Sits for a While on Honda Accord

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The throttle body can accumulate carbon deposits causing the throttle to stick or pop when first accelerating after the vehicle sits for a while. Performing a throttle body service will generally correct this problem.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 141,555 (70,000–189,000)
7 model years affected: 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003
18 people reported this problem
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everytime my car sits for more than a couple of hours and i go to start and accelerate it sticks at first..
I first noticed the sticking around 25kmi. When I went in for my 3kmi tune-up, the dealership asked me about the sticking before I could say anything. They recommended a throttle body clean and it worked well for another 30kmi. I can't remember how much they charged me but I do get it done somewhere else now that I'm out of warranty.
While driving on the interstate i went to put the car into 5th gear an the throttle got stuck engine accelerated it i switched into lower gears to at least get to work when i pulled into the parking garage the car litterslly drove its self up the ramps never been so scared in my life
Was driving along normally today, when all of a sudden the accelerator got stuck and actually revved up. I also had no brakes at the same time, could not slow down. I put the car in neutral, the engine was still revved up, racing. i turned off the main road and shut off the engine. Sat awhile to until my nerves calmed down, and started the engine. all seemed normal, so I drove all back roads home at 30 mph or slower. 10 minutes late I turned the engine back on in the driveway and the engine/accelerator was stuck again, engine was revving. Afraid to drive the car now.
If the car sits overnight, the throttle cable gets sticky. I've mentioned this on 2 visits to the dealership for repairs. Their only response was to lube it. (How can the "lube" a metal cable that is covered? I can lube the visible parts myself.) Seems like the cable should be replaced.
We purchased the vehicle from Honda Cars of Bellevue and a week after purchasing the accelerator would stick and hesitate when beign pushed down. The dealership stated the throttle body cable needed cleaning for a cost of $75. Why they didn't volunteer to do the repair free of charge, I don't know. However, I do know I had the throttle cable cleaned at a different shop for about $30.