Throttle Position Sensor Description

The throttle position (TP) sensor is used by the powertrain control module (PCM) to determine the throttle plate angle for various engine management systems. The TP sensor is a potentiometer type sensor with 3 circuits.

The PCM provides the TP sensor with a 5-volt reference circuit and a low reference circuit. Rotation of the TP sensor rotor from the closed throttle position to the wide open throttle (WOT) position provides the PCM with a signal voltage from less than 1.0 volt to greater than 4.0 volts through the TP sensor signal circuit. If the PCM detects an excessively low signal voltage, this diagnostic trouble code (DTC) will set.

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