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Ford Mustang Throttle Bodies

Ford Mustangs are equipped with powerful engines, which are kept running at peak performance with an air intake and fuel delivery component that needs to be functional. When they're working correctly, they deliver the right ratio of fuel and air to the engine.

What is the throttle body?

In the Ford Mustang, the throttle body controls the amount of air released into the engine. Inside the opening of the throttle body, there is a valve; it opens and closes to alter the course of airflow. This mechanism is activated when the Mustang driver presses the gas pedal. To accelerate, the valve opens, allowing more air to rush into the engine. When the driver eases their foot off the pedal, it closes, curtailing the air flow. This butterfly valve is often created from a non-corrosive metal like bronze or aluminum.

What are the main components of the throttle body?

There are several main components of any functional throttle body. However, the two main components include:

  • Throttle body temperature sensor: This part is responsible for measuring the air and fuel mixture passing through the Mustang's engine. If the air to fuel ratio is the wrong temperature, the throttle body will recalibrate the air flow to achieve the right temperature. This process promotes fuel efficiency and boosts the performance of Ford engines.
  • Throttle plate: The throttle plate is the butterfly valve that regulates airflow.
What are signs you need a replacement throttle body?

Because the throttle body supplies the airflow necessary for the atomization process, it has a big impact on engine performance. When these parts start to go bad, Ford Mustang drivers may notice several symptoms. There are several reasons why the throttle body on a Ford vehicle might malfunction, such as:

  • Broken temperature sensor: This is the thermostat component of the piece and can cause strange temperature calls.
  • Accumulation of dirt: Throttle systems accumulate lots of dirt, grime, and varnish. It hinders the atomization process; the uneven surface created by debris prevents optimal air flow.
  • Low idle: If the throttle isn't functioning correctly, drivers may experience a low idle or frequent stalling. This is caused when the vehicle isn't receiving the necessary amount of air.
  • Check engine light: If the Ford Mustang senses that the received air to fuel ratio is incorrect, the check engine light may come on, which may indicate throttle system may be responsible.