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2005 Toyota Matrix Question: My car will idle but nothing more when you push accelerator

 

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hoghead2, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Benton, KY, September 06, 2011, 11:33
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The car was running yesterday but today would do nothing more than idle. The check engine is on.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, September 06, 2011, 21:52
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    The Check Engine Light on so the computer in your car is going to have relevant information stored in its memory which will help figure out what is going on. A scan tool is needed to retrieve this information. A professional grade scan tool allows key engine sensor data to be analyzed right off the scan tool without having to do intrusive testing at each sensor. You will probably find a bad throttle body or pedal control switch.

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    hoghead2, September 07, 2011, 12:15
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    Thanks for your input. It did show a body throttle code but it turns out a squirrel chewed a wire in two.

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    rochifer88 September 08, 2011, 09:32
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    I was a toyota service manager for 14 years. You most definately have a computer problem. On both the Matrix and corolla toyota had problems with them and there is a TSB for the repair. I do believe that they may have actually made it a recall. I would call your local dealer and give them your VIN# and they can find out if you need the updated computer in your car.

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