My ETC light comes on. Same problem with the stalling as the other guys. I had it put on a computer, it showed no codes. I was told that even if the problem corrected itself it would have left a code. Dealer told me nothing is wrong. Problem is still occuring. What should I do ?
Electronic throttle control on 2007 Dodge Caliber
by pearson77 in Smithville, MS on December 20, 2009
10 answers 13 comments
ANSWER by dandd on December 20, 2009
You definitely have an Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) System problem. Other wise your ETC Light would not be coming on at all. The problem could be caused by several other systems, like your Traction/ABS Control, Transmission Control, Engine Control, a Data Bus Problem, a wiring problem etc. There is actually a TSB or technical Service Bulletin for this very problem written by Dodge. It is TSB number 18-034-07 for problems with the ETC and poor performance i.e. stalling etc, and code P2174. It is a Computer reprogram. Just because you don't have the exact code, I think that you should still have the computer(s) updated. The Dealership tries to do as little warranty work as possible, to keep the costs down for Dodge. Though I have worked at Dealerships, I never liked this policy, as it hurts the consumer. I would inquire about this, read this number off to the Service Writer and by all means start a repair history for this problem before your Warrant (3yr-36k ) runs out, so it will still be covered after the warranty period, just in case they drag their feet, as they often do.
COMMENT by Visitor on December 02, 2010
would the accelerator pedal also be effected by the control throttle it was not sticking but it would not accelerate? every once in a while the cruise control will eccelerate beyond the setting
ANSWER by Visitor on June 10, 2010
Mine has just done the same thing and unfortunatelyI am out of warranty. According to the dealer I have to replace the entire throttle control. Is that accurate? This happened after I had taken it in for service and told them about the hesitation and power loss. They charged me for fuel injector cleaning and didn't even take it for a test drive to see if the problem was fixed.
COMMENT by Visitor on August 26, 2010
Did you get the problem fixed? My Dodge Caliber just started having the same problem as you decribed. My car will go into the shop in a couple days. I hope this isn't going to cost me a fortune to fix.
ANSWER by Visitor on June 15, 2010
there is a recall on 2007 Dodge Caliber have dealer check o see if your car is a part of it.
COMMENT by Visitor on August 26, 2010
I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber and the recall is for the accelerator pedal and that is it.
ANSWER by cjustice on August 07, 2013
I was told that if the light was coming on with no code that the computer software in the vehicle needs to be updated. If it has an update and isn't done then no matter what kind of work is done on it, the problem will persists. However, mine did give a few codes and had to have the throttle body replaced.
ANSWER by agrif on January 19, 2014
I had the same problem with my wifes car, 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0 Engine. She has been fussing for months about hesitation and the icon on the dash flashing then loss of speed it would go 2 to 5 mph max. Then I would drive it no problem. One day It failed to go at all. After research I found it to be one of two things the Pedal Sensor or the Throttle Body. First I removed and cleaned the Throttle body...but I noticed oil in the air intake. After reinstalling no change, I then replaced the Pedal Sensor (the whole Pedal)and no change. I called Ontario Dodge in California and they had 40 Trottle Bodies in stock, I replaced the Trottle Body and all is good. When I removed the Throttle Body the second time to put the new one on there was oil in the intake again. I beleive the pocket on the side of the Throttle Body is full of oil and the thing was leaking. I am so happy now I just had to share this with you all and maybe save you some time. All the work I did myself $272.00 for the Throttle Body and $72.00 for the Pedal. One other thing the Computer never had a code only the Icon on the Dash was flashing. Hope this gives you a starting point.
COMMENT by Omar1012 on March 05, 2014
Am having the same problem with my caliber I already replace the gas pedal twice , and the throttle body too ,but the light won't go away do you have any idea what could be causing this problem?
COMMENT by angelran on October 31, 2014
I have the same problem for my 06 cheysler 300
COMMENT by NotNaive on October 31, 2014
Just had similar issues. Gas to engine, good spark. Wouldn't start. Two weeks of trying anything out. Bought a computer module for $60.00 on ebay and got it today. Installed and it started right up. It had a locked alarm sensor, is what I was told by numerous people. Good luck!
COMMENT by BellaAngel on January 05, 2015
If I don't get this done what can happen, because the mechanic saying the found something else wrong a crack underneath. Do you think this why the light came on or nothing to do with it.
ANSWER by trimnhra on November 19, 2014
your a retard
COMMENT by sputney on February 03, 2015
MY SUGGESTION TO EVERYONE...COMPLAIN TO DODGE. I AM HAVING THE SAME ISSUE AND I DID COMPLAIN AND WHAT THEY SAID TO ME WHAT THEY NEVER EVEN KNEW IT WAS AN ISSUE. IT SERIOUSLY IS AND ITS NOT RIGHT WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR DEFECTS...GO TO DODGE WEBSITE AND COMPLAIN!
ANSWER by rwgrogg on November 22, 2014
2007 CALIBER SE 2.0 - Same problem. I just called the local dealer $254+. The man said that dodge dealers have sold 600 nationwide in the last month, he has 4 on the self. CAN YOU SAY RECALL?
COMMENT by ccandy23 on November 23, 2014
This does sound like Dodge should be repairing this issue free of charge since it is so prevelent in this model. Has anyone contacted the Attorney general of their state and filed a formal complaint? This should be a class action law suit against dodge.
COMMENT by jeephigh_11 on November 28, 2014
Just started to to have this problem today on my wife's 2007 Jeep Patriot 2.4L. No power over certin point during acceleration. Just replaced the Accelerator pedal position sensor assembly, no different. Tomorrow will be throttle body replacement, hope this doesn't cost the reported $250. Jeep has 117,000 mi. on it, we're the one and only owner. I hope Chrysler fixes this up for everyone, or this will be the last Chrysler Dodge Jeep we ever buy.
ANSWER by dbMechAZ on February 21, 2015
My customer has same issue. I don't know if it's related, but a temporary fix to get the car to my shop was to cycle the key from acc to ign on-off-on-off-on and waiting for the odometer to read done with the door closed, then start. Maybe this just wiggles the throttle plate servo working again, but might temporarily help. Both O2's have been replaced, all sensors tested and ok. There were no codes, just TPS light flashing. I pulled the throttle body and intake manifold and cleaned out carbon, now problem is back. Replacing Throttle Body assembly today.
COMMENT by kevinxsr on March 08, 2015
I have the same problem. How about the car after replacing Throttle Body assembly.
COMMENT by dbMechAZ on March 08, 2015
I replaced the throttle body and problem was solved. Smooth idle and steady acceleration. I still had to do the key on-off-on-off-on and wait for it to reset. Ive done two others since with success.
ANSWER by tmorris on March 21, 2015
I have a 2010 Dodge Caliber. 117k miles on it. approximately. My car just started doing this today as I was moving some stuff. The (lightning bolt symbol) illuminated and I began to lose acceleration even when I eased my foot down on the accelerator. No more acceleration and the light stayed on. I then puttered along. When I took my foot off of the accelerator *as it went 15-20 miles per hour* it started to putter and putter like it was going to die. Then I stopped at a light and lots of growling and grumbling seemed to come from the car as It seemed like it was going to die again. I finally got to my friends house, relieved I rested for about 10 minutes, letting it rest. I then turn it on and it accelerates fine for about 3 minutes before going back to putter mode. Called my mechanic and he said just like yall are saying it's the electronic throttle control and that he will have to replace the body of it for atleast 200 for the part. He's also seeing that its supposed to be taken to the dealer to be reset and or updated? Is that right? Or can it be done without having to take it to the dealer? He hasn't checked it for codes or anything. And I just tried to drive it again and the light didn't come on but the same kind of things kept happening. major loss of acceleration and lots of puttering. Any thoughts/help guys? Thanks, Tim
COMMENT by CheechosMommy on April 09, 2015
Hi I am wondering if you found out the problem yet or had your car fixed? Mine is doing the same thing I have a 2008 Dodge Caliber I had a mechanic look at my car he says it needs to be reprogrammed now im not sure what he fixed so I hope after I pay the dealership 130 to reprogram it it will work ....
ANSWER by Slowgunner on May 22, 2015
I just experieced this issue. My mechanic could not recreate the issue but told me to take it to Dodge. Dodge Dxed this as a faulty brake sensor that was causing the throtle control to think my brakes were engaged. Also needed the new throtle body and reprograming with updates. & $550.00 total. I have an aftermarket warranty that extends the factory warranty. Hmmm wonder what they say it will cover?
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