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#1 Old 05-30-2012, 12:20 PM
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Electronic throttle control

I have recently had an issue with the ETC light flashing on as soon as the gas pedal is pushed enough to put the car in boost. I have searched this problem and havent found my exact situation or answer.

Here's the things I've noted.

Only happens once the car is in boost, drives perfect without boosting.
Only code is a p0420, assuming because my car has no cat.
The RPM's don't fall when the problem occurs, but the boost gauge will drop significantly as the car starts to lose power.

Where should I go from here? I have read of issues with the throttle body but unsure what exactly to look for. I called a local car repair company and they asked that I clean the throttle body, however I haven't seen that being an issue in searching so not sure if there's an benefit. thanks for any input.
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I have recently had an issue with the ETC light flashing on as soon as the gas pedal is pushed enough to put the car in boost. I have searched this problem and havent found my exact situation or answer.

Here's the things I've noted.

Only happens once the car is in boost, drives perfect without boosting.
Only code is a p0420, assuming because my car has no cat.
The RPM's don't fall when the problem occurs, but the boost gauge will drop significantly as the car starts to lose power.

Where should I go from here? I have read of issues with the throttle body but unsure what exactly to look for. I called a local car repair company and they asked that I clean the throttle body, however I haven't seen that being an issue in searching so not sure if there's an benefit. thanks for any input.
Throttle body issues are common with this car, you could go ahead and change your throttle body and see if that fixes the issue. I would strongly suggest taking it to the dealer on this one though, as they can generally give you a good diagnosis.

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Throttle body issues are common with this car, you could go ahead and change your throttle body and see if that fixes the issue. I would strongly suggest taking it to the dealer on this one though, as they can generally give you a good diagnosis.
Assuming I just wanted to replace the throttle body, where would one buy a new throttle body other than the dealership? I cant seem to find them on the internet, are there aftermarket options? Thanks in advance.
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Dealership only as far as i know. Probably special order too. Do you not like the dealer?
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Assuming I just wanted to replace the throttle body, where would one buy a new throttle body other than the dealership? I cant seem to find them on the internet, are there aftermarket options? Thanks in advance.
I recently had a bunch of things replaced on my '07, and everything was able to be purchases aftermarket OTHER than the throttle body, which came direct from Dodge.
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Let me share my experience.

The first time I had the ETC red light turned on I took the car to my trusted tech. They scanned the car and found out 3 error codes. Told me to change the gas pedal. I asked to not do that but instead I wasked him to perform the periodic tune. Sparkplugs, injection cleaning and filters change.

The problem went away after the computer reset and car tuning.

10 days later the ETC ligth started, lost power and I took the car inmediately back to the shop.

The scan returned only one error code. Gas Pedal. I bought the original replacement part (mopar) for about USD 60.

Its been one day without problems now. ha. Lets hope it stays that way.
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I've been having issues with the ETC for awhile. I've gone through 2 throttle bodies in 4 months. When my car died last week I thought it was the PCM, but instead the code was reading fuel injectors, had them cleaned and replaced.

Car died again yesterday, got it towed to a Dodge dealership and they replaced the spark plugs and flashed/updated the computer.

So far so good but like the poster above me, I'm only a day in lol.
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Re: Electronic throttle control

My 2008 caliber r/t fwd with a kn air filter just started having same problem. Dealer was convinced it was the accelerator pedal sensor and replaced the whole pedal only to find out it still has the problem. All this after waiting a whole day because they ordered the right part but for the wrong vehicle. Last thing they suggested was a short in the wiring somewhere. Still waiting

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