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Toyota is recalling most of there cars in the US and now in Europe. Because the cars have "defective accelerator pedals." If the car is accelerating wouldn't that be electrical? If the car starts going faster and faster without anyone touching it that's not a stuck pedal!

Anyways I'm just checking with others on the forum to warn them if they have Toyotas and to see if anyone has had any similar problems with their Escapes. My 2004 Escape has had problems where I experienced the engine increasing in Rpms while in idle (in Park) and also while driving. I have brought my cars issue up with Ford and talked about it in this forum and another. The Escape would rev up to about 4k. It's happened to me about 8 times now. Twice while I was driving and once while I was stopping! I was able to stop the car. I shut it off while it was revving and turned it back on to find no problem. I called Ford and they said that they had replaced a throttle cable under a recall. I told them the problem and they said they had no other complaints. I went to the dealer and they couldn't find any problem and couldn't explain why it happened.

A year and half ago I decided to clean out the carbon deposits from the EGR valve and the Throttle body and WALLLAAA! No more problems with the random acceleration! I wonder if its some kind of sensor or emissions control that's causing the engine to Rev. I don't know. Anyone know if that could cause the issue?
 

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...to see if anyone has had any similar problems with their Escapes.
In all the years I've been perusing Escape Forums, I don't recall ever reading about anything like this in Escapes. I know some of the early models had sticky throttles... hence the recall you mentioned. However, that didn't cause the engine revs to rise. It just kept them from falling for a few moments. I'm glad you haven't seen this issue since the cleaning and I hope it doesn't return...
 

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I haven't heard of any Ford product suffering from a run-away throttle. Although because of this stuff in the news the wife asked me how to safely deal with a stuck or run-away throttle.
 

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I've occasionally (every few months) had a very slight acceleration when I stepped on the brake (which is alarming of course) in my '07 Escape. I've got size 12 shoes and thought maybe I was somehow depressing some part of the accelerator pedal at the same time as the brake. Or maybe the floor mat somehow is laying in a way that transfers the movement from the brake to the accelerator. Anyway, I've been meaning to say something to the dealer next time I take it in. Thanks for the tip on the EGR.
 

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I've experienced something similar that happens occasionally when I switch from accelerating to braking at lower speeds. It will happen if the transmission is just about to shift or in the process of shifting when I let off the gas. I'm not exactly sure what happens but from my understanding, it has to do with the computer getting a little confused. The transmission is preparing to up-shift but instead has to downshift. I think it has something to do with rev matching and the computer blipping the throttle a little to get a smooth shift. It caught me off guard the first few times it happened but now I'm aware of it. It could be a problem if you are a major tailgater but otherwise it usually settles quickly enough (within a second or two) that it shouldn't be an issue...
 

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ajc6882 said:
Toyota is recalling most of there cars in the US and now in Europe. Because the cars have "defective accelerator pedals." If the car is accelerating wouldn't that be electrical? If the car starts going faster and faster without anyone touching it that's not a stuck pedal!

Anyways I'm just checking with others on the forum to warn them if they have Toyotas and to see if anyone has had any similar problems with their Escapes. My 2004 Escape has had problems where I experienced the engine increasing in Rpms while in idle (in Park) and also while driving. I have brought my cars issue up with Ford and talked about it in this forum and another. The Escape would rev up to about 4k. It's happened to me about 8 times now. Twice while I was driving and once while I was stopping! I was able to stop the car. I shut it off while it was revving and turned it back on to find no problem. I called Ford and they said that they had replaced a throttle cable under a recall. I told them the problem and they said they had no other complaints. I went to the dealer and they couldn't find any problem and couldn't explain why it happened.

A year and half ago I decided to clean out the carbon deposits from the EGR valve and the Throttle body and WALLLAAA! No more problems with the random acceleration! I wonder if its some kind of sensor or emissions control that's causing the engine to Rev. I don't know. Anyone know if that could cause the issue?
same thing happened on my 04. i was almost in an accident on the highway, lucky for my family, i got the thing into neutral shut it off, then restarted it and put it in drive when i had the space. by the time i got to a safe spot on the highway i had blown a bunch of seals and oil was pissing everywhere from my engine. i traded the thing
 
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