Why is my throttle going up and down?
Among the potential underlying causes are vacuum leaks, EGR system malfunctions, malfunctioning oxygen sensors, dirty fuel injectors, fuel pump malfunction, faulty spark plugs, a faulty mass airflow sensor, or a faulty throttle position sensor.
What can cause a fluctuating idle?
Erratic engine idle can be caused by various factors, but the most common and likely cause is a dirty or malfunctioning Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor. This is a device found in fuel-injected cars and measures air flow so that the appropriate amount of fuel can be injected.
Why is my car rpm not stable?
Failing Electrical Components: A problem or failure in the ignition system or various electronic components can cause a rough idle. If this is the case, the problem will usually get worse as RPMs increase. Common culprits include the ignition control module, plug wires, coils, and spark plugs.
When is a bad throttle position sensor a warning sign?
Engine won’t idle smoothly, idles too slowly, or stalls If you start to experience engine misfires, stalling, or rough idling when the car is stopped, it can also be a warning sign of a failing TPS. You don’t want to wait to get this checked out!
How is the throttle connected to the accelerator?
In the old days, there used to be a cable that was connected from the throttle to the accelerator. But now in the technological age, the car’s computer controls when the throttle opens and closes by the feedback it gets about the acceleration of the vehicle.
What does it mean when your car throttles up while driving?
In these cases, the TPS isn’t providing the right input, the onboard computer cannot direct the engine to work properly. When the car accelerates while driving, it usually means the butterfly valve inside the throttle has closed up and pops open suddenly when the driver presses on the accelerator.