While doing my engine swap, I found that my TV cable was being held on
by a cotter pin. I remembered that it was that way four years
ago when I did the head gaskets, but I left it that way; out of sight,
out of mind I guess.
After some research, I found that the problem was due to a warn out
plastic bushing, and mine was completely gone. Ford had a repair
kit for this problem:
#F3SZ-7H303-B THROT VLV KIT
You get four brass bushings and four clips; enough to do four vehicles.
Yes, the dealer only sell them in four's, unless they stock the number.
Remove the air intake tube, then disconnect the TV cable from the
Insert the bushing into the linkage; ensure that the
shoulder of the bushing is facing the throttle body.