Engine Mechanical problem
1991 Ford Tempo 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 146xxx miles
Hello, I was cleaning the throttle body today ('91 Tempo, 2.3L HSC, 3 sp. Auto trans), and after putting it back together, I noticed that the throttle was sticking. It took a lot of force to open it, and then it flew open. I checked each part of the linkage and found it was the throttle lever on the top of the transmission. It feels like it's sticking in two different places, almost like the teeth in a rachet; it goes back down freely when everything is attached, but when you open the throttle it'll stick. When the kickdown rod is disconnected, the lever will stay in these positions until it is pushed back. I did not adjust anything, and the only thing I removed was the throttle body assembly and pulled the unit back a little so I could clean inside the intake manifold. The butterfly moves just fine, but the kickdown lever (or whatever the proper name is) that attaches to the transmission is sticking.
What could be causing this, and how would I fix it?
Thursday, January 21st, 2010 AT 7:13 PM