How to Fix a Stuck Throttle on a Dirt Bike

If you are a dirt bike rider, then the chances are that you have experienced what it is like to go for a ride and find out part-way through that your throttle has been stuck. This can be an incredibly frustrating and even more difficult problem if the trail or race course you were on does not provide any easy way back up, forcing you to power your way down.

This article will talk about how to fix a stuck throttle on a dirt bike so that you never have this problem again and can continue having an amazing time on the dirt bike trail.

Materials Required to Fix a Stuck Throttle on a Dirt Bike

  • Flathead screwdriver – Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Needle Nose Pliers or Channel Locks (optional)
  • Loctite Threadlocker Blue 242 Plus
  • New Throttle Cable and Teflon Tape if needed. If a new throttle cable is not required, then you can skip this step.
  • You will also need personal safety kits like glasses and gloves.
Materials Required to Fix a Stuck Throttle on a Dirt Bike

Steps on How to Fix a Stuck Throttle on a Dirt Bike

To get your dirt bike going up hills or back into position on a dirt bike trail, you need first to make sure that your throttle is not stuck. This can be done using the following steps:

Step One – Locate and detach the cable from the handlebars of your dirt bike

Step Two – Pull out on each side of the throttle cable casing until it pops loose from its housing (it will look like an “L”)

Step Three – Take off any extra slack in both cables by gently pulling up or down on them with one hand while holding onto their casings at all times, so they do not tangle up again

You should now have functioning brakes, gas pedal, and clutch controls! Now go back for another ride without ever having to worry about this problem recurring again.

What is a throttle on a Dirt Bike?

A throttle controls the amount of air and fuel mixture fed to a dirt bike’s engine. For your motorcycle to work, it needs an adequate supply of both air and gas (aka gasoline).

What Is a Throttle on a Dirt Bike

The more gas you have in the mix, the faster your motorbike will go – which is why people say “gasoline has horsepower.” When you twist this knob on your handlebars with one hand while using the other to steer your bike, that’s how you control its speed.

Dangers Caused by A Stuck Throttle

The dirt bike throttle is an important part of the bike and controls how fast it will go. If a throttle becomes stuck or frozen in place, then this could cause serious issues while riding down the track.

Unfortunately, it can also lead to sudden acceleration and bring you closer to certain death on the track. While some bikes come with kill switches that can disable them for safety reasons if needed, many do not have these features installed by default when purchased new from dealerships.

This means riders are left at great risk without stopping their motorbike because they cannot release their throttle in time before crashing into something or someone else who may be nearby on the course.

Safety Precautions While Fixing a Stuck Throttle on a Dirt Bike

  • Make sure to disconnect the battery.
  • Remove any filters or intake systems from the dirt bike.
  • Drain the carburetor and fuel lines by removing components that could hold water in them.
  • Use a screwdriver to remove restrictors on throttle cables, which can cause a stuck throttle due to restricted movement of cable ends during acceleration and deceleration.
  • Be aware of springs inside these devices; they may shoot out when you open up restriction screws! If this happens, simply replace them with new ones like those found at your local hardware store.
  • Start spraying WD40 onto various parts of your engine until it reaches places where the air is redirected into (coolant hoses/intake tubes).

Key Considerations While Fixing a Stuck Throttle on a Dirt BIke

  • Be sure to remove the dirt bike from all surfaces safely.
  • Remove the carburetor and clean off any excess build-up with a wire brush. Check for anything that could be blocking or gumming up various components of the throttle system. Clean away debris, but do not touch any electrical connections on either side of the carburetor as this can cause an electric shock!
  • Once you have verified that there are no blockages in your system, reinstall everything back together following the installation instructions for your specific brand dirt bike model (refer to your original manual).
  • This is very important because if done incorrectly, it will create more problems than before! The steps might vary slightly depending on what type of engine you have (single or dual cylinder).
  • If your throttle is still stuck after cleaning and rebuilding, take it to a professional mechanic for further advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I Can’t Fix the Throttle?

You might have to replace your throttle cables. However, this is a good time to change the other ones as well, so you may want to buy new ones in bulk now at a discounted rate!

How Do I Know if There Are Any Issues With My Motorcycle’s Gas Quality?

If you notice that when accelerating from idle or on hills, the bike starts stuttering and hesitating before catching up again; this could be an indication of degraded fuel quality. It would be best if you took your bike into our service department for testing immediately.

What if I’m Having Other Problems With My Motorcycle? 

If you’re experiencing any symptoms of a major or minor issue, contact our service department for more help. You can also schedule an appointment online in advance if it’s convenient!

What Should I Do to Make Sure My Bike Is Working Properly?

The best way to ensure your motorcycle is running smoothly is by coming into the store and having one of the technicians inspect its condition.

How does Long Will Routine Maintenance take?

Routine maintenance usually takes about 30 minutes, but it depends on the specifics of each customer’s needs. For example, although we would prefer that all customers check their dirt bikes every 3000 miles, this isn’t always realistic; so some owners may want to get their bikes checked at 10000-mile intervals instead.


If you find yourself in a situation where your throttle has gotten stuck, don’t panic! First off, check that it’s not an accident like the key getting turned on. If this is not the case and there are no obvious mechanical problems, take time and go through the steps we have stated here. This will surely help you get back your bike in its previous condition. Thank you, and have a good day.

You may read also: Best Dirt Bike Tool Kit

Darren Matlock

Darren Matlock

Hi, I'm Darren. I love dirt bikes and everything about the off-road lifestyle. I'm passionate about motorbikes, cars, racing sports and going on adventures. If you're like me and enjoy extreme sports, you've come to the right place! I like to write articles about dirt bikes to help beginners get started. Whether you're interested in buying a dirt bike, ATV, motorcycle or want to ride for hobby, I hope my articles will inspire you to learn more about how this machine can be used to ride.

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