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1997 f150 4.2 v6 .p1538 code JA: Sometimes things that you

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1997 f150 4.2 v6 .p1538 code
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Customer: Intake control valve stuck open
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Customer: Clear the codes
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 7 months ago.
The most common cause of a P1538 on this engine is an intake manifold runner control that is stuck open. Your engine has a variable induction system; that is it has a 2 plane intake manifold with a control that opens the second side of the intake at higher speeds. If you look at the lower intake manifold, you should be able to see teh control linkage that opens the secondary butterfly valves in the intake. note: be careful when working around this linkage as the butterflies are spring actuated and can bite you if you are not careful! What happens to make this runner control stick open is that carbon sdeposits build up inside the lower intake manifold passages, causing the butterflies to hang up. you may be able to free the control by using a screwdriver or other tool to reach down and rgently pry on the linkage a little. However, the deposits will remain so the problem will likely recur. The permanent fix is to remove the intake manifold and clean away the deposits using a cleaning solvent