Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Throttle response is dull now

asked by on

I have suspected for a while that something was up with the throttle in my 2008 Ford Escape. The car began to feel funny when I let off the gas, like the engine was responding late to me letting off the gas. Luckily it wasn’t in any kind of bad situation. The car has 90,000 miles on, I expect some quirks. But yesterday I ran a stop sign by accident and finally checked it out. Turns out it was the gas pedal sticking! How can I fix this? It seems so troublesome for such a small piece, I just want to use my vehicle without crashing!

Your frustrations are totally understandable as your gas pedal should respond normally. If the throttle is sticking this will cause your engine RPMs to remain high which is likely why you ran a stop sign. This issue could also cause the exact opposite problem as well. The throttle in your vehicle could stick and prevent you from being able to accelerate at all. The first course of action to take on a problem like this would be to have an under hood inspection performed by a qualified mechanic to determine what is causing the gas pedal to stick. I would recommend an expert mechanic from YourMechanic, as they would be able to inspect the vehicle right where you are. During the inspection, ask the mechanic to thoroughly inspect your throttle body and linkage. By design the throttle body in this car allows sticky air from your PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) system to enter the throttle body. This is normal on most vehicles, however on the Escape this air is travels to places within the throttle body that it shouldn’t causing your throttle to stick. If the mechanic finds this to be the case, they will likely be able to resolve the issue by spraying throttle body cleaner on all the moving parts within the throttle body. This cleaner allows the parts that are stuck to free up allowing normal operation of the throttle again.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Should a 2 cylinder car jump start a larger cylinder vehicle?

Hi There, The number of cylinders is not necessarily the question in this case, but rather the load the other vehicle will put on the charging system of your vehicle as a result of the power needed to start the...

Q: Front wheels locking up

It sounds like you are having an ABS issue. I have seen this issue before where a wheel speed sensor was bad and because the module couldn't determine wheel speed, it would not allow the vehicle to move. It could...

Q: Throttle control warning light coming on

Hello, If the throttle control warning light is on and the truck has no power, it means that there is a malfunction. Specifically in the throttle body, and the computer does not know how much gas the car needs in...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...