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My 2003 Ford Escape XLT had no cruise control a couple of years ago.....sometime after I took it to a local Ford dealer for other repairs...ACI replacement...and refused recommended brake replacement. Last September (2010) I took it to another Ford dealer and they said I needed a new actuator and they "replaced it" at a cost of around $200. Three months and 7K miles later I lost the cruise control again and now they say that the cause is a flat spot on the throttle body control arm which causes the cable to slip off and want to replace the entire throttle body to the tune of over $400!!!! The symptom is EXACTLY the same as before the "actuator was replaced". Is this possible?? Can the control arm be replaced separately or MUST the entire throttle body be replaced. Limited income only goes so far!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

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Is the vehicle a four cylinder or V6, either way if what they stated to you is indeed the only problem, there are a few Mcgyver options open to you for far less than what they quoted. The lever itself is only a metal arm with a protruding ball type fitting for the cable. The leftmost cable is for the cruise control. I take it the bushing on the cable is worn or the rod itself has the lip damaged. Either way from in the hood snap the accelerator linkage a couple of times and watch how the cable comes off. A small tie strap between the cable and the end of the rod will probably solve your woesMy 2003 Ford Escape XLT - macvernal.jpg

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A different perspective: to solve this problem, I would try to avoid the dealership like the plague, and
consult a local repair shop - the cost per hour is 60% of the dealership.

Also, call local junk yards to acquire a throttle body - pay them to remove it and sell it to
you over the counter and give it to the automotive repair shop - this will save you the 50% markup
that every shop tacks onto parts.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011

Testimonial: "Thanks!!! That's what we have done already....both dealerships!!!!"


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