Throttle Body Repair
The throttle body is a critical component of your vehicle. For a car to run smoothly, it needs the proper mixture of air and fuel. The amount of air in the engine is controlled by the air intake system. A throttle body is part of the air intake system that helps control the amount of air that gets into the engine. When you step on the gas, the throttle body opens up wider, and lets more air in. This makes your engine run faster.
The throttle body allows you to control the speed of your engine by controlling the amount of air that enters it. In older model cars, when the driver pushes on the gas a cable pulls on the butterfly inside the throttle body assembly. Nowadays most of these throttle systems operate on a drive by wire system. Basically this means that your gas pedal now operates as a sensor that sends a signal to the throttle body about how far to open the throttle plate. Each type of throttle body assembly, depending on the make of your vehicle, is designed to allow a specific amount of air to pass through it with a particular amount of throttle plate opening.
If your throttle body fails, you engine will not get the proper mixture of air and fuel and the engine may lose power.
Symptoms That Indicate You Need To Service Your Vehicle’s Throttle Body or Need Throttle Body Repair
- Your engine stops while driving, your engine stops at idle speed, or your engine stops right after starting
- Engine starts shaking, idle run issues, unstable idle speed, idle run engine speed is no constant, engine sputters, stalling problem
- Poor shifting of transmission
- Scan the computer system for codes
- Check wiring and connections to throttle body
- Clean any carbon build-up around intake inlet
- Install new gasket and throttle body
- Test drive the vehicle and check for proper operation of the throttle body
Taking Care of Your Throttle Body
When you are getting a major tune up, you may want to get an air induction service and fuel injection flush. The air induction service will clean the throttle plate and remove carbon from the air-intake system. This will prolong the life of your throttle body.
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