Removing the stock throttle is a fairly straight forward modification, but as with many projects there are a few things to watch out for. First, always be sure your replacement system came with all the proper parts. In this case, the thottle body of course, a new gasket, and mounting hardware. Finally, be patient!
Kit Parts: The throttle body, gasket, throttle cable mounting bracket, mounting bracket screws, throttle position sensor screws.
Tools required: Flathead screwdriver, #25 torx bit, #30 torx bit, 10mm socket or wrench.
Time to complete: 1/2 to 1 hour
|Initial Assessment: (Oct. 2001) The Focus Central product is an excellent product. Material and workmanship is very good. Installation was straight forward, and very easy. There a few things to watch out for however.
|On going Review:
(Dec. 2001) Two months and 2500+ miles later.... Everything is working as designed. The car certainly accelerates better and feels stronger! There has been no degradation in fuel economy, though my driving style is not typical in any sense :) The only item of concern for the myFordFocus.com application is the idle speed, my car being an automatic, I needed the fix from Focus Central.
(March 2002) After reinstalling the throttle body with the new TPS mounting holes for the automatic, and a week or two of driving I started to notice what felt like the gas pedal was sticking and was requiring me to "pop" the pedal. After that initial pop everything was smooth, but anytime there was no pressure and the pedal and the car was essentially at idle, that first press of the pedal had to be another pop to get by the stickiness. As it turns out, and after seeing some other people experiencing that sticky feeling, I decided to take a look around under the hood. What I found out was that the idle screw on the throttle body was completely "backed off" and not making contact with the "hammer" on the throttle body linkage. I could easily place a piece of paper between the two. Just moving the linkage by hand I could feel the stickiness in the linkage. I adjusted the idle screw out until it made contact with the linkage hammer(see picture) and then advanced it another 1/4 turn to push the linkage just enough to open the throttle a very tiny amount. After doing that, no more sticky pedal or throttle.
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