XF accelerator cable woes, help please!
My '89 XF panel van caught fire but that's a whole 'nother story. I'm trying to replace the accelerator cable and got a 2nd hand one from another 4.1 XF which SHOULD fit mine or so everyone keeps telling me. The problem is that inside the car the cable runs through what looks from the front like a plastic cube but which is iregularly shaped at the back, that is set into the middle of a hole towards the top of a plate which is affixed to the firewall but sits out from the firewall where the cable runs through it. No problems getting the cable off the pedal, but getting it through that hole in the plate is impossible and the bit of plastic in the middle of the plate can't be shifted unless I cut it to bits with a very sharp knife. I'd cheerfully do that, but would have trouble later with the new cable rubbing on the edges of the metal plate.
The end of the cable won't go through the hole in the bit of plastic or the piece of metal surrounding it. I can't pull the metal plate out, nor the bit of plastic set into it.
What is supposed to happen is that the diamond shaped bit of plastic (which the new part has but the old one doesn't) is bolted to the firewall with two 10mm (?) bolts. The old setup presently on the car has no diamond shaped bit of plastic, no bolts and nothing resembling either, there's just this plate (which would be about 5cm across with curved outer edges) running up from the direction of the floor with the cable passing through the bit of plastic (about 1.5cm squarish) set into it towards the top.
I am not exaggerating in any way. The plate exists. The diamond shaped piece of plastic doesn't exist on the old cable. I can't get the plate itself out because the heads of the bolts go through the firewall and are inaccessible, (especially if you're trying to do this on your own!) while the nuts that hold the plate on are inside the car well below the level of the cable and it's attachment to the pedal. There has to be something here that I'm missing, something really easy like just a little bit of leverage in the right spot. Unfortunately, I'm not game to go applying leverage madly because anything I break can't be replaced while I have no transport!
No one I've spoken to will believe me that this is what I'm looking at and I keep getting told to just undo the two 10mm bolts going through the piece of plastic. There is no piece of plastic there and there are no bolts going through the nonexistent piece of plastic!
There are two bolts, much larger ones, going through the plate much lower down. They're positioned vertically, one above the other and are way too big and too far apart and too far away to ever fit into the little diamond shaped piece of plastic on the new cable.
I can't get the car to anyone to help me with this unless I rig up something with a bit of tie wire... I live in a country area and getting someone out to help with it is less likely than the car itself taking flight over the nearest cliff...
So PLEASE, PLEASE, if you have any idea what I'm talking about with plates and cables etc and why the old cable won't come out, PLEASE HELP? I'm probably missing something minor, but I really don't know what it is and no one believes me that what's actually there IS what's there, so I'm getting no help in actually fixing the problem. I don't care if you tell me I'm silly- just believe me that what I've said exists DOES and HELP, please!
This is the newest car I've ever owned and I don't think I'll be updating it when it finally gets rolled off a cliff in a fit of pique. It's damn lucky I bothered fixing it after it decided to spit a power steering hose and get its own little flame thrower going under the bonnet. Too many stupid, minor, unnecessary things like door handles break and stuff like plastic-mounted wing mirrors cost a fortune to replace when you sideswipe wandering cattle on a regular basis... not to mention the rotten plastic bumper bar affair that's always about to fall off because the silly little plastic clips have disintegrated... My '76 Effie's definitely going back on the road soon! The only silly little plastic clips on it hold the door trims in and who needs them anyway?