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Old 03-04-2014, 03:03 PM   #1
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Government ends investigation into Ford vehicles

I am posting this in MK3 because this problem sounded eerily similar to Focus throttle body problems.

Government ends investigation into Ford vehicles

DETROIT (AP) The federal government is closing an investigation into 1.6 million Ford vehicles that can lose engine power after Ford agreed to a remedy.

The yearlong investigation involves Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs and Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2009 through 2013 model years.

Vehicles with 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter engines can suddenly lose power because of material buildup in the electronic throttle body motor. The engines don't stall, but vehicle speeds can drop as low as 5 miles per hour.

Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have received nearly 12,000 complaints about the issue. There have been three reported accidents and one reported injury related to the problem.

Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said Tuesday that new software won't fix the problem, but it will allow affected vehicles to travel at least 40 miles per hour in what is known as "limp home mode." Ford also extended the warranty on the electronic throttle bodies to 10 years or 150,000 miles.

Dealers will update the software and clean the electronic throttle bodies for free. Ford began notifying customers in January.

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Old 03-04-2014, 03:25 PM   #2
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Do we share throttle bodies with any of the listed models?
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Do we share throttle bodies with any of the listed models?
No, but there have been several reports of sudden loss of power in this forum and the dealer stated the problem was with the throttle body which they replaced.
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Hmm. Interesting. Thanks for the info
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Volvo had big problems with their electronic throttle bodys in the late 90s to early 2000s. Class action suit. Big recalls. It was a learning time for them for sure.
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Audi had an issue with the 1986 5000 S. The accelerator getting stuck.
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Audi had an issue with the 1986 5000 S. The accelerator getting stuck.
In truth that one was more driver error than it was an actual stuck throttle, as it usually is when it comes to pedal confusion.
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You beat me to it. The Audi "unintended acceleration", turned out to be dumb drivers, and pedals a little too close to each other. That engine management system had a cable actuated throttle butterfly and an "idle speed motor", a small electronically operated valve that controlled idle speed. With the valve wide open, the engine would run maybe 1500 rpm at no load. Hardly fast enough to cause all the major catastrophic damage the drivers blamed on the car.
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Moved to "Ford Focus & General Car Chat" as this is not Mk3 specific.
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