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What is a Throttle Position Sensor?

Most high-end and high-performing automobiles require optimal efficiency in all parts of the car, especially when it comes to the engine. However, car parts deteriorate and corrode over time. Any car piece will require immediate attention and service to restore the car's optimal functionality whenever any part does. A critical aspect that we are going to discuss today is the throttle position sensor. This sensor directly relates to engine performance.


If you're unsure of what a throttle position sensor does or have never even heard of one, then you're not the only one. In this blog, we'll do a quick rundown of the essential functions of a throttle position sensor.


What Does the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) Do?

Your car is equipped with various high-tech sensors, all of which communicate different information. A sensor's primary role is to detect conditions throughout the car's different systems and report it to the back-end of its control centers or computers to modify or adjust the specifications. In this instance, the throttle position sensor (TPS) aids the fuel system to output the correct ratio of fuel, depending on the position of the throttle and other data collected from the vehicle's other sensors, such as the air intake temperature. The various factors the sensor may consider are air temperature, how fast the engine turns over, and airflow. 


When the TPS isn't functioning as it should, you may find your vehicle sluggish in acceleration or feeling like there's not enough power. In severe cases, your car won't be able to hit a specific speed. And another warning sign that your TPS is malfunctioning is if the check engine light is lit up on your dash.


Any of these symptoms should be checked out by a professional as soon as possible. If your TPS stops working, your vehicle may not be safe to drive. If you are experiencing this issue, please do not hesitate to call Peerless Automotive today.

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