1988 Honda Accord Adjust Throttle Control Cables

In 1976, Honda released the Accord as a complement to its existing Civic. The 1986 model year marked the beginning of the Accord's third generation. This generation brought about the introduction of a larger Accord with pop-up headlights. The 1988 Accord had two engines available, both of which were 2.0-liter. The base-level engine had a two-barrel carburetor, and the optional engine had fuel injection. Both of the engines had a throttle cable to transfer the movement of the gas pedal to the throttle body or carburetor, which increased the speed of the engine. Over time, the throttle cable stretches and requires adjustment, which is a fairly simple procedure.

Tools Used: Ratchet, Socket set, Combination wrench

Adjust Throttle Control Cables

Open the Accord's hood and remove the two wing nuts on the air cleaner cover. Disengage the three air cleaner cover clasps by pulling the latches upward. Pull the clasps from the air cleaner cover. Pull the air cleaner cover off the air cleaner housing.

Pull the air cleaner from the air cleaner housing. Remove the air cleaner housing nuts, using a ratchet and socket, and pull the air cleaner housing from the top of the engine.

Find the throttle cable on the driver's side of the carburetor or throttle body. Set a ruler next to the exposed metal part of the cable.

Move the cable up and down, without moving the throttle linkage, and check that the cable moves 3/16 to 3/8 of an inch on a carbureted Accord, or 3/8 to 1/2 of an inch on fuel-injected models. If it moves more or less than the specified amount, the cable requires adjustment.

Loosen the throttle cable lock nut -- the nut on the front part of the throttle cable bracket -- with a combination wrench.

Turn the throttle cable adjuster nut -- the nut on the rearmost side of the throttle cable bracket -- clockwise to tighten the cable or counterclockwise to loosen the cable, using a combination wrench.

Repeat Steps 4 and 6 until you adjust the cable to within its specifications.

Tighten the throttle cable lock nut with a combination wrench.

Set the air cleaner housing back on top of the engine and tighten its retaining nuts with a ratchet and socket. Place the air cleaner in the air cleaner housing and set the cover back over the air filter. Pivot the clasps upward so they latch onto the lid and push the latch on each clasp downward to lock the clasps. Tighten the wing nuts onto the top of the air cleaner cover.

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