Ford Mustang (1999-2004) Service Manual: Acceleration Control (Diagnosis and Testing)

Inspection and Verification

1. Verify the customer's concern by operating the acceleration control system to duplicate the condition.

2. Inspect to determine if any of the following mechanical concerns apply:

Visual Inspection Chart

Mechanical
  • damaged accelerator pedal and shaft

  • damaged linkage

  • damaged accelerator cable

  • high engine idle speed

  • damaged throttle body

3. If the inspection reveals an obvious concern that can be readily identified, repair as required.

4. If the concern remains after the inspection, determine the symptom(s) and GO to Symptom Chart .

Symptom Chart

Condition Possible Sources Action
  • Excessive effort needed to depress accelerator pedal and shaft
  • Worn accelerator lever pivot bushing.
  • Accelerator cable binding.
  • Worn or damaged throttle body.
  • INSTALL a new accelerator pedal and shaft.
  • INSTALL a new accelerator cable.
  • INSTALL a new throttle body.
  • Accelerator pedal and shaft feels rough or raspy
  • Frayed or binding accelerator cable.
  • Worn or damaged throttle body.
  • INSTALL a new accelerator cable.
  • INSTALL a new throttle body.
  • Accelerator pedal and shaft binds or sticks
  • Kinked accelerator cable.
  • Foreign object caught in accelerator pedal linkage.
  • Worn or damaged throttle body.
  • INSTALL a new accelerator cable.
  • CHECK the accelerator pedal linkage.
  • INSTALL a new throttle body.
  • High engine idle speed
  • Kinked accelerator cable.
  • Foreign object caught in accelerator pedal linkage.
  • Incorrect engine idle speed.
  • INSTALL a new accelerator cable.
  • CHECK the accelerator pedal linkage.
  • REFER to the Powertrain Control/Emissions Diagnosis (PC/ED) manual for diagnosis and testing of the idle control system.
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