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04-29-2016 02:47 PM
Green Love thanks, this was really helpful. my 2007 sticks a bit when it's cold or rainy--the other day after a deluge it stuck so badly at a light that the cars ahead were almost a block away before i got going. Kermie works great except for this. great suggestions and many thanks.
01-29-2015 01:18 PM
Leora83 That's great but the original poster from 2010 has likely solved his problem, as have the people who commented in 2012.

You can see the dates on the top left of the post, in the dark blue banner.
01-29-2015 09:55 AM
05 ZXW I have a 2005 ZXW with this problem. I cleaned but used solvent sparingly because it is flammable. The stickiness returned within hours. I cleaned again much more thoroughly placing a rag downstream of the throttle body to catch the goop and keep the excess flammable liquid from pooling. I also loosened the two torqx holding the throttle plate and flipped it a few times to recenter the plate. This process has fixed mine.
12-11-2013 05:24 PM
ifanman Problem is butterfly valve jamming shut in air intake even after cleaning and lubricating. Quick fix is to remove linkage cover at cable end and give the throttle stop plate on lever arm a twist up with vise grip or pliers toward stop pin. Idle will rise slightly, but valve won't close hard enough to jam. Simple five minute fix, no cost.
11-28-2012 05:36 AM
whynotthinkwhynot On a side note, most of our regular users who can give good advice will not respond to new comments in old threads, but you'll get a plethora of advice by starting your own thread. If you need help doing that, then run your mouse over my avatar and open the menu, scroll down to "Send Private Message to Whynotthinkwhynot" and I'll respond ASAP. Thanks again.
11-28-2012 05:30 AM
whynotthinkwhynot HOLY OLD THREAD FROM EONS AGO!!!!

Yeah, this thread is 2yrs old guys. Check right above the avatar and you'll see the date of the post. Typically I ask that members start their own threads on their problems even if a thread seems to be the same issue. Seems to be, and is the same issue is not the same thing. For example: ebrunke is having problems with an 03 Focus. The sticky throttle body problem is associated with the plastic TB 05+ models not the earlier Focis.

Ebrunke, I think your problem is the throttle cable. You should pop the hood, work the throttle by hand, and see if it sticks, if it doesn't, have someone work the throttle in the car. If that still doesn't cause it to stick, then you should start checking out vacuum. Your engine is known for having issues with the PCV vacuum line, and that typically causes idle issues which might explain your uncontrolled acceleration- although that's the first I've heard of that problem doing that exactly.

Blue Rocket: you too have an SVT, so not the same issue as the 05+ Focis- however it could still be, so be sure to check out that TB and clean it. Now follow the advice I gave Ebrunke and see if the cable is sticking. If not, then start checking out vacuum. You also have things like the DSI clip to check out, but IIRC, that causes stumbling in high rpm acceleration. I would check out that PCV, although I don't think SVTs are suspect for that particular Zetec issue caused by the PCV vacuum line being run too close to the exhaust.

Both of you should consider starting your own threads though, as you can see, same basic result, but since you have different engines, it is most likely due to a different cause. Thanks.
11-13-2012 06:43 AM
The Blue Rocket
Originally Posted by beekeeper View Post
We have a Ford Focus, 2005. There is no problem during the summer, but when winter comes the accelerator will begin sticking. When my wife leaves for work it will be fine, but down the road, 3 to 15 miles the accelerator pedal will begin to stick, bad enough to make driving scary. My guess is that it is the cold that affects it. I've had it happen to me and it is a problem. We have to press hard to make it go (slowing down is not a problem) but pressing hard it will break free and speed up too fast.

Any ideas?
I have nearly exactly the same problem. Does anyone have an idea as to why the accelerator sticks after (in the origninal poster's case) 3 - 15 miles of driving? If it's due to cold weather, wouldn't it act up right away and maybe even lessen as the engine warms up?
01-20-2012 02:03 PM
ebrunke Hey all, i was hoping you could assist in my problem. I have a 2001 automatic ZX3. every time i hit the gas past 2000rpms and let go, the engine will continue to accelorate untill 3500rpms. I have to either throw it in neutral or tap on the accelorator and it will catch itself and be fine. If i dont pay attention i will hit the person infront of me. i cant find this exact problem online. My mechanic cleaned the throttle body but it wasnt that dirty. the car worked fine for a few months and then came back worse than ever. what do you think is wrong?
12-19-2010 11:54 PM
PiSTOLpete717 It sounds like your throttle body is full of carbon build up, clean it out and you should be okay..
12-18-2010 11:28 AM
madisonHQ this thread was very helpful thanks yall !!!
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