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I need some help. Please excuse the lack of technical terms and names as I have no idea! But I own a Ford Escort 1997 1.6 and its accelerating extremely high! I've had it looked at and I've been told i need a new sensor for it (the car drives itself at times ) and the sensor that tells the accelerator lead what to do isn't working. Hope this makes sense to someone!? Where do I start? The name of the part would help lol but any advice or suggestions welcome. Thanks. 

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Hello Kai, to be totally honest I'm finding it a little difficult to understand the problem and the possible repair.

My best guess (and it it is a guess) is that you are saying that the engine idle speed is very high, and/or that the engine revs are sticking and remaining high after you take your foot off the accelerator.

On a 1997 Escort fortunately there are a small amount of sensors compared to a modern car, but even so it would be like trying to pick the winning lottery numbers without a lot more information.

What 'exact' engine do you have (not just 1.6).

If by some miracle of good fortune someone on here was to correctly identify the mystery sensor, would you have the tools and the technical ability to change it ?

The best advice I can give you is to take it to a reputable independent garage with competent mechanics and let them diagnose the fault and repair what needs to be done.

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Yes its been looked at by a mechanic. My dad. Please don't take my poorly worded post to be a reflection on his knowledge. He's old school and knows the business. But he can't do the Internet and he wants me to help track down this sensor/part but can't use the computer so I jumped ahead and trying to do it without him. My mistake. 

I will ask him to help me out with the wording. But your description of the problem sounds spot on. Just can't remember what sensor it is....its driving itself currently. 

 

Anyhow appreciate your reply. Sorry that I wasn't clear. 

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Happy to try and help but need more information.

Lets start with the easy one's first.

Is the engine Petrol or Diesel ? - going to assume petrol 1.6 injection - Please confirm

What trim level is it, for example L, GL, Ghia ?

Gearbox, Manual (4 or 5 speed) or Automatic ?

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4 hours ago, Justafordowner said:

I need some help. Please excuse the lack of technical terms and names as I have no idea! But I own a Ford Escort 1997 1.6 and its accelerating extremely high! I've had it looked at and I've been told i need a new sensor for it (the car drives itself at times ) and the sensor that tells the accelerator lead what to do isn't working. Hope this makes sense to someone!? Where do I start? The name of the part would help lol but any advice or suggestions welcome. Thanks. 

When you say “accelerating extremely high” is that when you are pressing the accelerator pedal or when the cars idling? 

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Going to take a guess at the throttle sensor

 

Throttle sensor.JPG

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It's a 1.6i - 5 gear - petrol. 

And tick over is generally fast anyway....but it keeps going super fast (like I have my foot on the pedal but I dont) 

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So what are the chances of finding a throttle sensor ? I feel like I'm doomed....:-/

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Extremely common.

VERY IMPORTANT !!

This is just a pure guess based on the very limited information available. IF it is the throttle position sensor, then the part for your car is most possibly Ford number 7173046.

The real genuine part is about £110 and copy parts about £30 or less. Examples below.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/564529545

https://gbr.grandado.com/products/throttle-sensor-car-throttle-position-sensor-tps-for-ford-escort-fiesta-ka-orion-mazda-121-95bf9b989jb-7173046?gclid=CjwKCAjwi8iXBhBeEiwAKbUofciIToIypUdpnuaoJRIc-D913s40ekJnZYU8rawwlXkIT0-iqu3uahoC7T4QAvD_BwE&variant=UHJvZHVjdFZhcmlhbnQ6MTMzMTAwODc5

 

I'm now away out to go and put the lottery numbers on for Saturday since I'm feeling lucky 🤣

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I really appreciate that. Thanks ever so much. 

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6 minutes ago, Justafordowner said:

I really appreciate that. Thanks ever so much. 

Lol BTW....think of me if you win! 

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1 hour ago, Justafordowner said:

It's a 1.6i - 5 gear - petrol. 

And tick over is generally fast anyway....but it keeps going super fast (like I have my foot on the pedal but I dont) 

Idle control valve.

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