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Old 03-21-2005, 01:46 PM   #1
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Angry TB Replacement Denied

I have been having the common sticky throttle problem for a while now, and in January finally decided to take it in and have Ford do something about. I took it in twice in one week and both times they denied feeling the sticky throttle/just said "thats the way it is"! I was really pissed so i had the service tech and the manager come out and test the throttle under my watchful eye, at which point both of them agreed that they felt the throttle sticking. I said that the problem is with the Throttle Body, and they said they would look into a fix for me. Last week i took it back in and told them that they needed to fix the sticky throttle by replaceing the TB and they said "no problem". Then, after having it in for a day, they call and say, "we cant replace your TB because there is no TSB out for it!!!" I am sooo mad, what should I do...Should I..... 1) Keep pursueing ford or 2) dish out 300 bucks for an aftermarket TB???


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Old 03-21-2005, 01:58 PM   #2
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NO TSB?!?! That doesn't matter. Your car is a 2004. It is still under warranty. They need to fix it!!! Go up the chain of command!
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Old 03-21-2005, 01:59 PM   #3
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If it is under warrenty, they need to fix it, no matter if there is a TSB or not. They were able to replicate the problem, so they need to persue the fix (whether it's the TB or a bad cable or whatever).
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Your facing a lose lose situation. As for them not fixing it due to there being no tsb that is bs. I've had mine replaced twice now (on my third, origanal + two replaced ones). Call ford at this web site http://www.ford.com/en/support/conta...&source=botnav or go to a diffrent dealer/service center. So what he is saying is that if your driving down the road and your motor mounts fail and your motor falls out of your car and you leave it sitting on the road behind you they don't have to do anything cause there is not TSB (bad example but you get the idea). The lose lose part is there is no certainty that a new TB will not start to stick again (take me for example) but it won't cost you $300. I would call the dealer back up, ask for the service manager and tell him that they need to replace it or you'll contact ford. Give him the example I gave you or a better one. TSB's don't mean crap, they are just the known problems. They can't document the thousands of problems they see everyday. If he gives you any crap call ford right away, I've had to do this a couple times and they really get on the dealers. They don't e-mail them or send them a letter, they call and talk to the service manager directly and always get it taken care of. The service center will feed you as much BS as you'll take so tell them to shove it and fix your car.
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Old 03-21-2005, 05:27 PM   #5
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the stock tb does have an adjustment screw on it that will turn the butterfly ever so slightly to keep it from sticking. the focus central throttle body also has this adjustment screw
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All throttle bodies will eventually stick, its due to residue building up between the butterfly and the throttle body itself. All it takes is a trip to the local parts store and purchase a $5 can of throttle body cleaner, remove the rubber connector from the TB, spray around the whole inside of the TB while working the butterfly. Its should only take 2 or 3 good squirts to clean your TB and it will work like new for several thousand miles and one can will clean your TB 3 or 4 times.

I say this from experience my 99 Cobra's stock TB would stick, the after market one would stick, my F150 would stick a little, my girlfriend's Z71 sticks alittle, my stock SVT Focus TB stuck some and down the road I know my Focus Central TB will stick. Eventually they all do it, its just a matter of time.

Have you noticed the dirty gooey stuff that collects on an air filter....... thats the same stuff that collects on the butterfly of your TB, a couple quick squirts of cleaner and its good as new
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Old 03-21-2005, 06:18 PM   #7
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Mine has pretty much been doing it since it was new. So, I had all this buildup since it was new?
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Old 03-21-2005, 07:05 PM   #8
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Just make ford buy you a focus central one!!! lol...

They are doing the typical "ford will do everything in their power to screw you"...If you continue persuing this they will eventually fix your problem, but its gonna take a lot of work on your part. If you car is under warrenty, and you have nothing that will void your warrenty the TSB means NOTHING. MAKE THEM FIX IT!

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how many miles did it take to start sticking?
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Old 03-22-2005, 01:01 AM   #10
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Man, I didn't even want to f---k with the TB issue, so I spotted the two hund-do or so to get one. The way the car drives now, I honestly think it was well worth it.
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