Travis Guy

Asked by Dec 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM about the 2003 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V8 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi my 2003 ford explorer 4.6 I hit the gas it revs up
and sticks for a few seconds any ideas

7 Answers


Clean the linkage and throttle body with some carburetor cleaner.

Travis Guy

Tried that already put a new iac and mass air flow sensor on it

Bob Beaman

Did you get the mounting surface clean and use a new gasket when you installed the new IAC? Sounds like you may have a vacuum leak.


You mean an air idle control sensor? And how about the throttle positioning sensor? (TPS)

Travis Guy

Yes cleaned it really good also checked the vacuums

Travis Guy

The tps I took it off checked it seems to be fine but I ordered one


"It sticks for a few seconds". Are you talking about the linkage? Manually rev the engine from under the hood and see if the throttle immediately returns to its starting position. If so, clean. If you removed the IAC, did you replace the gasket and thoroughly clean the mounting surfaces? Check for proper operation of the IAC, the net will show you how.

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