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Hey guys, we just figured it out. He took it to the local Ford dealership and they told him it was the throttle position sensor and quoted him about $600 to repair. I called BS because the gauges were inop also. He towed it back to the house and I found someone that had this problem on another site.
It turns out that it was one of the wires from the O/D button on the shifter. Over time the wire rubs on a piece inside the steering column and eventually wears through the wire's insulation. This causes it to short out and it blows the #19 fuse under the dash which is a 10A fuse. He retaped the wire and put a dab of grease on it so it will just slide and not come into contact with the sharp piece in the steering column again. He put everything back together and put a new 10A fuse in the #19 position and truck runs perfectly again.
The symptoms of this problem is that the none of the gauges on the dash work, you can start the truck but it will only idle, you cannot accelerate when you give it throttle, and your 10amp #19 fuse keeps blowing under the dash.
I hope this helps everyone. It should be something that everyone should check on their 99-03 trucks. It only takes a few minutes to do. When it happens, it will leave you stranded unless you know what it is. I'm going to check mine this weekend.
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