Had a hitch in my giddy up.
Today my girlfriend and I where headed up to Estes Park to have lunch and to walk around the cool old town. As were driving up the steep mountian roads my throttle body cable snaps. At first I have no idea what it was, all I know is that I am going up a steep hill with no gas pedal.
So we coast as far as we could which ended up not being very far. Since there was really no pull off I was half off the road and half in the road which was really ****ty considering we where right on the other side of a blind corner. I could not pull off the road since I had to gas pedal.
So we are freaking out hoping not to get hit and what not. So I call my girlfriends, moms boyfriend who is a firefighter. He says to put it in 4 low and let out the clutch slowly. So I did, and my truck started to move about 1 MPH but it was enought to get my up the hill aways so I could pull off and check out my truck.
I get out and start to check things out and find that the problem lies in the engine bay. I pop the hood and starting looking around the throttle body to see what was up. I had some tools with me so I took off the throttle body cover and see that the cable had snapped.
I ended up messin with it for about a half hour and figured out a way to "jerry rig it". I tied the cable in to a not and attached a few zip ties to the throttle body lever that actually moves. It worked good enough to let me drive 40 miles to my dads house to get it fixed.
All I know is I am glad I didnt get hit and that I had some tools and parts to help me get it done.
Just remeber guys.... always keep some tools and spare parts like zip ties and duck tape in your truck.
BTW, the new throttle body cable is alot different then my old one. It doesnt have the green spring attached to it. Works great though.
You can see in the pic right after the turn there is a reflector pole. I stoped right before that post. As you can see no room to pull over.
The evil culprit
My new cable does not have the green spring on it. Does anyone elses not look like this?
2002 XLT 4.0, 3"BL, 295/75/16 Nitto Terra Grapplers, K&N FIPK, XCAL 2 w/LaSota Racing Tune, 2 12" Alpine subs, Alpine Deck, Cobra CB, Low Pro Tool Box, Straight Pipe Exhaust, Blacked out heads/corners, Expo OHC/Dome/Cluster, etc...
2011 F-150 XLT, 5.0 Coyote, Hell Bent Steel Leveling Kit, 15% Tint, Flo-Pro Super V Exhaust, MA Audio 1000w amp, 10" Sony Sub
Last edited by Lord Of War; 07-19-2008 at 04:49 PM.