What You Should Know When Buying a New Pedal Assembly
The pedal assembly is a crucial part for handling the car. Whether you are a serious racer, or a regular city-driver, your feet should always have comfort and confidence when you step on the car's pedals. Never risk safety and control with a bad set. The moment your feet feel uneasy on your stock pedals is also the moment for you to buy a new set.
Here are a few points to consider when picking a new pedal assembly for your car.
Automatic vs. manual transmission
Replacement pedal assemblies are sold according to a car's transmission. Know if your car uses a manual, or an automatic transmission. A stick shift needs a clutch pedal to disengage the clutch while changing gears. For manual transmission pedals, the set comes with an extra pedal for the clutch. Automatic transmissions don't use a clutch pedal.
Hanged vs. floored accelerator
Check if your accelerator pedal hangs on the firewall or dash, or is attached to the floor. These two types of accelerator assemblies have very different pedal shapes and installation methods. Old car models usually have gas pedals floored, while modern cars have hanging ones.
Rubber vs. steel pedals
Pedal assemblies can come either as rubber, or steel pedals. While both can be a direct fit on your existing pedals, they have differences in terms of their looks, and feel.
- Rubber: Stock pedals are made of rubber. These are tough enough to handle the stress of being repetitively stepped on. The more important quality of rubber is the grip it gives your foot. Rarely would your foot slip off the pedals, especially on those crucial, split-second moments you have to stop or accelerate. Pick rubber if you are a typical city-driver satisfied with the simple looks of OE pedals.
- Steel: Steel pedals are installed for custom, sport, and racing applications. The shine automatically gives a more aggressive appeal to the car, and the driver who steps on the pedals. When you literally hit the pedal to the metal, the mere sound of metal to metal contact is an adrenaline rush ? a rush absent from simple rubber pedals. These pedals also have rubber plugs on them to give your foot grip and stability. These can also be designed uniquely to the user's taste. Go for steel if you are a racer, or an avid customizer.
At the end of the day, whatever is the style of your pedals, make sure your feet are happy stepping on them. Control and safety always trumps looks.
Assemble a Pedal Assembly
A new pedal assembly is a quick and simple upgrade to transform your car into a sporty machine. With improved grip, durability, and responsiveness, your feet would be endlessly tempted to push that pedal to the metal. Not only will it improve your driving, but it will also enhance the looks of your car's interior. Installation is easy to do even for novice mechanics.
Difficulty level: Easy
- Marker pen
- Power drill
- Metal polish
- Wrench set
- Liquid hand soap
- Metal pedal assembly
Step 1: Park the car, switch off the engine, and engage the emergency brake.
Step 2: Take out the floor mat so that you won't be obstructed during the installation.
Step 3: Remove the stock rubber covers on the pedals. Peel the cover from the corners, and pull it completely up and off the pedal. Use a screwdriver to get more leverage on removing them.
Step 4: Grab the new pedals and place it over the assembly. Make sure that the cover fits well with the pedal. Trace four holes on the corners of the pedal with the marker based on the holes provided by the new cover. Use an electric drill to drill on the markings. Be careful only to drill a hole big enough for a snug fit for the bolts. Clean the assembly after.
Step 5: Rub metal polish on the pedals to give them a shine. Put a light amount of liquid soap on the rubber plugs that came with the assembly. Install it on the new metal cover. Be sure you do not put a plug over the holes you traced on for drilling.
Step 6: Place the new pedal assembly over the stock pedals. Insert bolts through the unplugged holes and drilled pedal. With your wrench, secure them with the nuts that came with the kit as well.
Step 7: Repeat the process for the other pedals. Finish the job by rubbing some metal polish on the pedals for cleaning and maintenance.
The whole installation will take around 45 minutes.
- Older models have accelerator pedals mounted on the floor. It may be necessary to remove and unscrew it before installing the new covers.
- Don't get too excited when stepping on these pedals for the first time. For safety reasons, give your feet some time to get used to the feel of your new pedals.