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Robert1960
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Question 2007 Escape Gas Pedal gets stuck

My 2007 Ford XLS Escape gas pedal gets stuck in warm or cold weather. This has been going on for 6 months and dealer has told me I need a Throttle Body cleaning and my vehicle has only 24,000 miles on it. Dealer wants 80.00 for cleaning this. I've never had a Throttle cleaning before on any of my new ford vehicles. Could this be a factory problem?


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TheFixer253
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I don't know how much mechanical experience you have, but cleaning the throttle body is about as difficult as changing the air filter. You can pay $80 if you want (which sounds fairly reasonable for the base charge and time) or you can do it yourself for about $5 with a can of throttle body cleaner (get the teflon-coating safe brand) and a clean shop rag.
If you want to do it yourself, search for throttle body on this site and you will find pics and instructions.

What you are describing has happened to many others here. Good luck and please let us know how it turns out.


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Robert1960
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I've changed two transmissions one in a 1979 thunderbird and one in a 1971 oldsmobile and changed a engine at one time in 1978 thunderbird. So I should be able to clean a carb. The Ford dealer made out to be very hard like always. I will do what you said about cleaning with teflon-coating safe brand and try this myself before giving the dealer the 80.00 dollars.


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Re: 2007 Escape Gas Pedal gets stuck

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My 2007 Ford XLS Escape gas pedal gets stuck in warm or cold weather. This has been going on for 6 months and dealer has told me I need a Throttle Body cleaning and my vehicle has only 24,000 miles on it. Dealer wants 80.00 for cleaning this. I've never had a Throttle cleaning before on any of my new ford vehicles. Could this be a factory problem?


I just had this done @ 32,000Kms - $65 all taxes in. I don't see this as a problem but just part of normal maintenance.


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COPPERBLAZE
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A oil vapor catch can is the permanent solution. This is a common problem of all cars that grab clean PCV air from the throttle intake. When the engine stops oil mist meanders back into the intake tract and throttle body where it condensates and gums up the throttle.

A catch can works like an air dryer on an compressor outlet, a partition in the drier causes the oil particles to "drop out" of the air and settle in the bottom of the can where it can be easily drained. This is a common problem with the C-5 Corvette. I have yet to install a catch can on the Escape or 'Vette because I haven't experienced problems, call me lucky I guess!

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Robert1960
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Ford E-150 Vans must not have this same set-up because my van is 12 years old with only 72,000 miles and I have never had this problem.

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O yes they do. You may not have had the problem, but it was very common when ported fuel injection was new on both E-150 and F-150 trucks.

Even if you are not experiencing a problem you will be amazed at how much nicer an engine runs after cleaning the throttle body.

By the way, there are three fairly common things that make the throttle stick on an Escape. A dirty throttle body. A worn throttle body. A sticky gas pedal to throttle cable connection. I would start by cleaning the throttle body since it is the most common and really should be done occasionally (in my opinion) as maintenance. If cleaning doesn't solve the problem, post again and we can tell you how to pin it down.

When I clean the throttle body, I use an old worn soft toothbrush. Works great for me.


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And use a cleaner that is Safe for the coating on the T-Body.


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quote:
Originally posted by Robert1960
Ford E-150 Vans must not have this same set-up because my van is 12 years old with only 72,000 miles and I have never had this problem.

Thanks Robert

This was a very common problem with Fords - check with Mustang, F150, or Explorer forums and you will see this. My '97 Explorer was nice and crusty the first time I cleaned it. The "catch can" did work nice on the 4.0.
With the Duratec - the PCV is much lower in the intake and by design, does not have this issue as do other models. The 2 times I went to clean mine (3.0), the TB did not really need cleaning, but since I was there, I did anyway.

Why yours is this way with 24K on it, I would wonder what the cause is...


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EscapingBob
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How about cleaning the throttle cable where the cable comes out of its housing near the TB? Can this be cleaned? If so, how?


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COPPERBLAZE
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Virginia went down to 8 degrees yesterday morning, my throttle had a "catch" to it. It's 26 today, the car will be fine. Mine only does it in bitter weather, my car also is a 2.3 4 cyl.

John

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