gambler wrote:Is this (stuck throttle) from experience?
The older ones are more prone to it. Back in the 70's it was common to have to work them a bit to get them freed up. I personally never had a crash because of it, but, a good buddy that lived near the river, well, he was going to take his girlfriend out for a ride. She was in the house getting suited up. He went out & started the machine to let it warm up a bit. It was a brand new 1971 340 ski-doo. The throttle stuck, he fell off, the sled went up over a snowbank, out onto the ice in the river. About half way across the river it hit some bumps & turned downstream....toward the dam.... it found open water & in it went. They hired divers but never found it. To the best of my knowledge to this day it remains on the bottom . His dad, nor his girlfriend, were impressed.
Sometime in the 80's they figured out how to make waterproof cables & it's now a rare thing to have one stick.... but, always, always, check. Most (all?) of the new machines have some sort of safety that senses a stuck throttle & auto-shut off.