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Old 10-02-2017, 12:30 PM   #11
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If it is OK to move the plate by hand depends largely on the throttle.

Most Ford ones you can move them some, but you have to be very careful to stay away from the end of the travel. I have damaged Ford units following Ford's instructions for cleaning, which involved moving the plate by hand.

Almost all of the throttles used by GM and MOPAR will die instantly if you move the plate by hand. My understanding is that it damages the sensor, but I am not 100% sure about exactly what gets broken and how.
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Old 10-02-2017, 01:15 PM   #12
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Just curious - is this a drive by wire setup or a traditional throttle cable unit with an attached TPS?
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All 4-door Explorers from 2002 up were Electronic Controlled Throttle Body, or "drive by wire". The OP's vehicle is an 08 Explorer, so yes, ECTB.

The pictures he posted were in large part pictures of the throttle control motor and it's gears.
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Yep, correct.
No throttle cable.
Thanks for the more info on "what not to do" to the throttle bodies.
I know I will remember and never do anything like this again.
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