I am trying to find this part but have only run into information about it being discontinued. This would be for my 2006 Ford Focus Wagon. If this part is no longer available is there something else that can be substituted?
My concern is over the weekend we were cleaning the Throttle body and when removing the pin end of it one of the plastic tabs broke off (but the other tab is still holding it in place). I am not sure if that is strong enough to keep the pin in place or if it will eventually slide off affecting my ability to accelerate.
Perfect world I would just replace the part but if I cannot find it, how safe do you think it is operating my car “as is”? Again, the pin seems to be held securely in place by just that one tab.
Another idea, go for a used part from wrecked Focus. I searched the Pick N Pull website in my area, they have 18 2006 Ford Focus’s within 100 miles ready for folks to take parts, up on blocks. Closest less than 10 miles. Local auto parts recyclers is a good source for this used part too I expect.
No 2006 Focus’s in your area? That part is probably used on more than just a 2006 Focus. If you visit your local pick n pull, they’ll provide a list of every car that uses that part.
As a former racer who worked on his own race a street cars, I can assure you quality plastic zip ties work just fine in an engine compartment. Just make sure they are not so tight or in a position to bind the throttle.
Thanks Mustangman. We were kind of wondering the same thing because the piece it’s essentially replacing is plastic as well. We planned on using a thicker quality zip tie as opposed to something cheap.
Suggesting OP not use a mickey-mouse remedy for this. If cable disconnects at inopportune time, could present serious safety problem. Like crossing a rail-road track. Even if not a safety issue, can be pretty assured that Murphy’s Law will prevail, cable will break in middle of night, and it will be cold & raining, and cell phone battery will be dead. Custom sol’n probably ok, but make sure it is at least as sturdy and functional as oem part.
I didn’t see the out of stock part but I don’t do anything with eBay. The ones I saw were around $30 but I think for a different engine. Guy must be proud of that part or the last one in the west.
Yeah if the only concern is it slipping off, I think I would just do a modification depending on what the stud looks like. Maybe just a spring cap or something or drill a hole for a cotter or something but if a ball joint options are limited. Or just some wire wrapped around the joint.
Don’t listen to me though, took the wrong nut off my miter saw and turned a one hour job into a three hour job.
lol … I think we’ve all made similar mistakes. I removed a bolt on a high school shop class table-saw, from what I thought was a captive nut, but it wasn’t, and the nut fell into an inaccessible location in the table saw’s innards. Got a C- in that class, instructor seemed mighty perturbed … lol …