Funny thing happened to me this afternoon, I was cruising along, almost at my destination and experienced a loss of power. Looked at the dash and a light was flashing or lit up which normally isn't. Not good I thought. Tried to make it to a nearby carpark but no good, had to wait for someone and I slowed right down and the beast died on me. In a REALLY bad and awkward position. On go the hazards, which I don't remember ever using before and I'm spewin' but then I remember cars these days and especially these are pretty digital. So I started it up and she was fine, as is the case with a lot of running problems. Phew, parked, did my stuff and got back to work.
I looked up the fault and it was the light for the throttle and it of course said to see your dealer asap. I happen to be going to the dealer on Monday so I rang my service guy when I got back to let him know to expect this issue.
Of course they know my car and straight away I'm reminded that "you've modified your throttle body" cause I have the Herrods Helix spacer. I'm hugely sure that the spacer has nothing to do with it and the problem may never even happen again but they mention the letter Ford sent out about modified cars recently, blah, blah, blah.
What kind of simple mod is the Helix spacer? It's a GOOD one, it's not like I stuffed a sock up there and now am having trouble. Anyway, I've had mine in since early Feb I think, for those that one one I'm just wondering if you've ever had that throttle light come up and how long you've had it. Hell, if you don't have one and the light has come up, that would be good to know.
I am sure it wouldn't have anything to do with the helix. I did read a while back that the drive by wire throttle bodies on the BAs did have a few problems......and I am sure it was on a XR8...Some guys experianced stalling and some just no throttle.
My young blokes BA V8 hads the light coming on so I rang ford and its the fly by wire thingy, the car is very snappy to drive, its stalling or its smoking the bags, you cant drive smoothly, so its going for warranty soon.....Hope this helps......
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The wires going to the throttle bodie are fairly tight so you have to make shore that there is enough room when you put the spacer in, I've got about 1" of slack AFTER putting the spacer in
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Mine has done what you discribed once and only once in the 2500km I've done so far. At time I had no idea what the problem was, but it went away immediately and has not done it since. Ford said that the car will get 'flashed' at the 3k service, which will address this issue. The point is, I have NO spacer so I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with it.
Greetings Rodney, I was joking!!!! It's typical of Ford (and most manufacturers I guess) to jump on anything first to avoid helping you out with warranty. "So your stock suspension is falling apart? Is that aftermarket air in your tyres? I'm sorry, you've modified your car far too much, no suspension fix for you"...lol.....
Thanx for the responses guys. I figured it would more than likely not happen again, don't want to take my spacer off for a few years to make sure all is ok!....ha ha...
I had this problem on my ute when it was about 4 months old, the orange throttle warning light was coming on. The car wasnt behaving any differently, but the light was on. The dealer looked at it and the fault was within the throttle module which inluded the whole pedal unit. It was replaced immediately
Have fitted a helix since then and have been no problems whatsover. One thing that the helix did do, was stop the erratic idle particularly when cold. Gives a good noticeable increase to acceleration at low revs too
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