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How much does a throttle body replacement cost for Ford cars?

A typical Ford throttle body replacement in the UK costs around £270 - £503. Depending on your Ford model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a throttle body replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling Ford cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a throttle body replacement costs.
Car modelFixter price range
Throttle body replacement for Ford Fiesta£306 - £480
Throttle body replacement for Ford Focus£313 - £492
Throttle body replacement for Ford Ka£320 - £503
Throttle body replacement for Ford Kuga£270 - £425
Throttle body replacement for Ford Mondeo£270 - £425
Throttle body replacement for Ford Transit Custom£270 - £425
Throttle body replacement for Ford C-MAX£270 - £425

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What does a throttle body do?

The throttle body is a critical piece of the air intake system that controls the amount of air flowing into the engine. It consists of a pivoting flat valve and is located between the air intake and engine manifold where fresh air is pulled into the engine for the combustion process.

What are the symptoms of a bad throttle body?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your throttle body:

  • A very poor or rough idle

  • Poor or unreliable acceleration

  • Excess fuel consumption

What happens when we do a throttle body repair on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Analyse the ECU to see if there are any related fault codes.

  • Inspect the throttle body and air intake system.

  • Replace the throttle body if there are issues with it.

  • Clean the air intake system of dirt and residue.

  • Advise if any other parts need to be replaced.

  • Finally they will run the engine and test drive the car.

Daniel, from LondonDaniel, from London

Hey Fixter, can I drive with a bad throttle body?

I wouldn’t recommend driving with a failing throttle body. Your car could be very difficult to handle, it could break down whilst driving, or it could even accelerate unpredictably and uncontrollably - which is a very dangerous situation to be in on the roads.

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Want to learn more about Ford throttle body replacement?

What does a throttle body do?

In today's modern fuel injected cars, the throttle body is a critical piece of the air intake system that controls the amount of air flowing into the engine. It sits between the air intake and engine manifold where fresh air is pulled into the engine for the combustion process.

The throttle body itself consists of a tube containing a pivoting flat valve (butterfly). When the driver presses the acceleration pedal the butterfly in the throttle body pivots to let more air flow into the manifold. When this happens, the throttle position sensor reports to the ECU that you have pressed the accelerator. The airflow sensor then detects more air and sends a message to the car’s computer to boost the amount of fuel being supplied by the injectors. This whole process is what enables your car to accelerate.

A good air filter is absolutely critical to the healthy operation of the throttle body, because dirt buildup on its surface over time can cause the butterfly valve to stick, causing a rough idle and drivability issues. It is therefore important that both the air filter and the throttle body are well maintained and kept clean.

Ford

The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker, founded by Henry Ford in 1903. One of the most long-standing giants of the motoring industry with an estimated asset wealth of around $256 billion, Ford became a popular household name throughout the UK in the 1960s with the introduction of the Ford Transit, the Ford Escort and the Ford Capri.

With the Ford Fiesta consistently winning accolades as the best selling car in the UK, it’s no surprise to hear that in 2018 there were approximately 5.5million Ford cars on the roads by the end of the year.

With a proven track record for good value and sensible, practical driving, along with a dealership just around every corner, Ford has developed a method of sustaining great sales by giving drivers just what they need.

There’s a Ford car for practically every sensible driver. Actually, there are a few Ford cars for the more daring driver too. Take a look at the history of RS and Cosworth models, both making an impact in the world of rally driving and touring car racing.

While they’re better known for providing family transport that includes the Ka, the Fiesta and the Focus, Ford also produces the lavishly equipped Edge SUV, and also the S-Max and Galaxy people carriers too.

And for something quite a lot less mainstream, Ford deliver some muscle

From a very traditional and mainstream marque, it’s refreshing to see that they still deliver a great big slice of larger than life America—and the latest model Ford Mustang is no exception. If a Mondeo or a Focus isn’t really your thing, and even the RS models aren’t sporty enough, then the new Mustang’s brawny delivery of sleek lines powered by its 5-litre V8 engine could be just the thing. Failing that, the Ford GT supercar with its twin-turbo V6 won’t fail to turn heads. All £420k of it.

How often should a throttle body need replacing?

In today's modern fuel injected cars, the throttle body is a critical piece of the air intake system that controls the amount of air flowing into the engine. Because it is crucial to the healthy running of your vehicle, the throttle body should be well maintained and cleaned at least every 75,000 miles.

If you begin to notice any signs that your throttle body might be failing, such as a rough idle, frequent stalling or unreliable acceleration, you should book your car in to have the air flow system and the throttle body inspected as soon as possible. When the throttle body begins to fail it will get progressively worse (and more dangerous!) over time.

What happens during a throttle body replacement?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Analyse the ECU to see if there are any related fault codes.

  • Inspect the throttle body and air intake system.

  • Replace the throttle body if there are issues with it.

  • Clean the air intake system of dirt and residue.

  • Advise if any other parts need to be replaced.

  • Finally they will run the engine and test drive the car.

What causes a throttle body to break?

Like most car parts, over time the throttle body will experience wear and may begin to fail. Another common issue is caused by the filth, carbon, and dirt that can build up in the throttle body housing and air intake system, creating problems with air flow. This interrupts the perfect mixture of air and fuel and can cause the butterfly valve to get stuck. Therefore regular cleaning and maintenance of the system and throttle body is crucial for a healthy and reliable car.

What are the symptoms of a bad throttle body?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • A very poor or rough idle

  • Poor or unreliable acceleration

  • Excess fuel consumption

  • Car misfiring

  • A delay from when you step on the acceleration until the car responds

  • A visibly dirty throttle body

  • Stalling more frequently

  • Check engine light comes on

How often should you replace your throttle body?

There is no set lifespan when it comes to the throttle body, however it is suggested that you clean it thoroughly at about 75,000 miles. Cleaning the throttle body and air intake system allows your car to operate more smoothly and it helps prolong its life.

What happens during a throttle body replacement?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Analyse the ECU to see if there are any related fault codes.

  • Inspect the throttle body and air intake system.

  • Replace the throttle body if there are issues with it.

  • Clean the air intake system of dirt and residue.

  • Advise if any other parts need to be replaced.

  • Finally they will run the engine and test drive the car.

What is the average life of a throttle body?

There is no set lifespan when it comes to the throttle body, however it is suggested that you clean it thoroughly at about 75,000 miles. Cleaning the throttle body and air intake system allows your car to operate more smoothly and it helps prolong its life. Like with many car components, if the throttle body is well serviced and properly maintained it should last a while.

Can you drive with a bad throttle body?

Driving with a bad throttle body is not recommended. Your car could be very difficult to handle, it could break down whilst driving, or it could even accelerate unpredictably and uncontrollably - which is a very dangerous situation to be in on the roads. When the throttle body begins to fail it will get progressively worse (and more dangerous!) over time. You should book your car inn to be looked at as soon as you suspect there may be a problem.

Does the throttle body deteriorate with age?

Like most car parts, over time the throttle body will experience wear and may begin to fail. Filth, carbon, and dirt can also build up in the throttle body housing and air intake system over time, creating problems with air flow. This interrupts the perfect mixture of air and fuel and can cause the butterfly valve to get stuck. Therefore regular cleaning and maintenance of the system and throttle body is crucial for a healthy and reliable car.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

If your throttle body is failing it could be affecting your fuel consumption and emissions. Because there are strict regulations around car emissions in the UK, excess fuel consumption and emissions could result in a fine or an MOT failure. It's important to keep your car well maintained to avoid unnecessary costs and harmful emissions.

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