Throttle won't depress on 2000 Toyota RAV4

My gas pedal won't depress at times. Sometimes I have to put it in neutral and press a bit hard on the pedal to get it to depress. When I do this, it eventually will depress. This appears to be a safety problem.Took it to a mechanic who wants to replace the throttle cable. I am wondering if there is some kind of sensor/computer chip that may be malfunctioning. What can make the throttle stick? Thanks for your time.

by in Palm Springs, CA on January 10, 2010
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ANSWER by on January 10, 2010
What typically happens is the Throttle Body gets filled with carbon and then the throttle will stick. This can some times ruin the cable, so a cable may be needed, but first, make sure that the bore if the Throttle Body us really clean. I know of NO sensor/ computer issue on your vehicle that would ever do this, and I have worked on a lot of these vehicles.
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