Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Hills of North Georgia,USA
2004 Ford Explorer to Drive by Wire
From " Motor Trend online"
Electronic throttle control (ETC) is one of several new technologies Ford will introduce next year as standard equipment on the 2004 Explorer to help increase its fuel economy by about five percent while also reducing emissions.
Both engines available on the 2004 Ford Explorer, the 4.0-liter V-6 and the 4.6-liter V-8, will feature "drive-by-wire"- one of the first applications in the auto industry of a torque-based, "intelligent" ETC with a gasoline engine. Advanced engine computing power is the key to optimizing the operation of this technology - Ford's advanced Powertrain Control Module (PCM) and Electric Controller Area Network (CAN) will work together to seamlessly provide power on demand to the driver for more responsive "tip-in." The result is that the Explorer will feel quicker and more fun to drive.
A number of other technologies to be introduced on the 2004 Explorer also help improve its fuel economy by reducing friction and parasitic energy loss. These technologies include coated pistons, torque converter upgrade, electronic returnless fuel system, low-rolling-resistance tires, synthetic rear axle lube, and an advanced exhaust gas return (EGR) system. The fuel economy gain will be about one mile per gallon compared to the 2003 ratings.
The 2004 Explorer equipped with 4.6-liter V-8 engine will meet the U.S. federal government's new standard for Low Emission Vehicles (LEV II). Additional enhancements to the vehicle to meet this standard include: a new electronic vapor management system, and upgrades to the engine air intakes and emission treating catalyst system.
My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.
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