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Replacing A TPS With Damaged Screws, How To

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A couple of years ago I got the idea of replacing my throttle position sensor since it was the stock part. I gave up after rounding the philips screws. I then tired to use a dremel to cut a slot into the screw heads but that didn’t work out too well.

Recently, my absolute throttle position would be different every time I drove the truck. Sometimes it would be at 18.8% and other times as high as 21%. I finally purchased a dremel torch to heat the screws and proceeded to destroy the old tps.

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From here I applied heat and then began to turn the screw with some vampliers.

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The round part of the pliers grabs on great and fits snug on the screw heads. Finally, I had removed the old, faulty sensor and had a Motorcraft replacement on. My absolute throttle position is always at 18.4% now, at idle. I used bolts to replace the philips screws this time. The size of the bolts are
5x30x.80 and are the same on the SOHC, from what I saw on YouTube.

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My throttle response is better now and acceleration is too, which really surprised me when I first drove with a new tps. I read about testing the tps with a multimeter but I could tell mine was bad just by watching it on my blue driver obd scanner.

The parts I used were:
Throttle Position Sensor 2000 OHV: CX1542
Pliers: VT001
Bolts: Stainless 5x30x.80
 


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XLTrunner

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Nice work-around! I don't know why those screws are always so tight. I've had to grab the edges with a small vise-grips sometimes to get them loose.
 




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Steel screws in aluminum tend to be tough to break loose (due to electrolysis of dissimilar metals). The longer they're attached the harder they are to break free.
 




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^This. I repair lawn equipment and that's the number one pitfall that old equipment has, heat, moisture and time does em in.
 




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Yeah mine were definitely in there good. The loctite made it 10x worse. Hardest screws I’ve had to remove. Bolts are an improvement for sure.
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