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To make a long story short, I attempted to pressure bleed the brakes in my 93 M5 and the result was that the clutch master cylinder (which I found out was fed by the same reservoir) could not withstand the modest 14.5 PSI pressure and the entire 2 liters of ATE Super Blue deposited itself on my driver's side carpet (and also everything under the dashboard). If you've done something like this in the past, you know what the conversation was like...
I want to clean up the area (and the carpet if possible) before I replace the clutch master cylinder, reservoir hose, and connector. I have removed everything in the area with the exception of the driver's side carpet. For some reason, I can't figure out how to remove the accelerator pedal so consequently the carpet removal is a problem. I have crawled underneath the car and I don't see anything fastening it from under the car.
I have examined the ETK file to see if there are any fasteners shown as part of the pedal assembly -- and have seen nothing that gives me a clue.
Question 1: Does anyone have an idea how to remove this critter???
Question 2: Any clue what I might use to remove the brake fluid from the carpet???
TIA for any assistance you can provide... I am stuck until I get this pedal out...
Once I manage to remove the throttle linkage (the end that attaches to the accelerator pedal has a pinched side for retention), maybe I can move the pedal enough to see how it is fastened. I felt some sort of plastic tab at the base of the pedal assembly, but no matter where I moved the tab, the pedal still wouldn't release. Maybe it will after the linkage is off.
Just a quick update in case anyone else encounters the need to remove the E34 accelerator pedal for carpet removal/replacement.
(As suggested, removing the firewall linkage does make the job easier).
You first have to rotate the locking clip at the rear of the accelerator pedal. (It snaps into two small tabs on the sides of the pedal base). Push it down and forward towards the firewall (you will probably have to hold this down when the other two clips are released to make the final pedal removal).
Now depress the carpet at the front base of the accelerator pedal -- with adequate light, you should be able to see two plastic latching mechanisms -- one on each side of the pedal base. You will need something like a very small screwdriver (5-6" would be adequate) to release the latches one at a time. As you release the latch, lift the appropriate side of the pedal so it doesn't immediately re-latch. After a little practice, you will be able to get both latches released.
Now make sure the locking clip is still rotated full forward and is pressed down into the carpet -- and pull up on the accelerator pedal until it releases from the mount.
Mine got a little dinged up in the process since I had no clue initially how it was fastened but none of the surface damage will be visible.
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