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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,000 miles

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2003 Ford F-150 engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 012011

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the driver was driving at an unknown speed when the accelerator pedal became stuck in a partially depressed position. The vehicle began to surge forward until shifted into neutral and stopped. The contact examined the vehicle and noticed that the plastic cover used to protect the throttle was jammed, causing the failure. The plastic cover was removed and the failure did not recur. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed. The failure mileage was 78,000..updated 09/19/11 the consumers son was able to throw the gear shift into neutral and pulled over to the side of the road with the engine still accelerating. He shut the vehicle off. The consumer stated when he arrived on the scene, he started the vehicle again and the engine was still in the accelerated position. The consumer pushed on the accelerator hard a couple of times and managed to stop it from accelerating. Upon inspection, the throttle cable had come loose and wedged itself in such a way that the throttle could not return to its normal position. Updated 09/30/11

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

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