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Electronic throttle control

(2007 Dodge Caliber)
in Smithville, MS on December 20, 2009
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 ?
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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?



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 ....
on November 08, 2015
I'm having the EXACT issues! My fiance & I got the throttle body cleaned & it ran fine for a couple months, but starting yesterday it started doing everything again.. Everything you described.. Puttering and all! Just wondering are you still having these issues?
on March 08, 2017
I replaced the throttle body then googled how to reset the throttle. It was so easy and did not have to go back to the dealer. With the key in the on position, but car is not running just all the lights on on the panel, gently push the accelerator pedal to the floor, should take about 20-30 seconds, hold it there for 30 seconds then gently release it all the way out taking another 30 seconds. We then turned everything off and left it for 1 hour after that we started her up, she is running like a new car not missing a beat. I almost bought a new car, so happy I found the answers
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.
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
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.
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?
on October 31, 2014
I have the same problem for my 06 cheysler 300
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!
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.
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.
on August 26, 2010
I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber and the recall is for the accelerator pedal and that is it.
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.
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.
on March 08, 2017
my mechanic recommends TIPM replacement and computer replacement.. but the more I research sounds like electronic throttle problem.. was wondering if anyone got rid of this problem by replacing the throttle
on November 19, 2014
your a retard
on February 03, 2015
on March 10, 2017
I have complained to Dodge/Chrysler corporate, their recall department and this was their response (dealer too) - I told them the following:

"When speaking to the recall department I was not given a case number, nor did she offer to look up my VIN - I had to request for her to add my concern to my VIN. Her response was that at my vehicle's age and mileage it will have expensive repairs and all repairs are safety concerns. In actuality, this is not true, those repairs that are general maintenance are in my control - if I do not put oil in my car, my engine will blow - it is up to me to ensure my vehicle is serviced. However an electronic/computer malfunction that will shut my vehicle off while I am driving 70 mph on the interstate or driving through a busy intersection IS a safety concern - because this is out of my control, this is not something I can predict. My vehicle almost failed at two intersections yesterday, I am now scared to drive it, as I am fearful it is going to simply stop and cause me to be in an accident - I fear for the safety of myself, my passengers, pedestrians, and other vehicles.."
"Thank you for letting me know. After looking further into this, because of the age and mileage of the vehicle we are unable to assist with this repair. Please continue to work with the dealership as they are in the best position to assist further"

I have filed a complaint with NHTSA but have heard nothing back - this was in November.

It took a week for a dealer to get me in for an appointment, then they had my vehicle for three days because they could not get the part in.

Dodge is aware of the problem, but is unwilling to fix it.
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.
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.
on March 08, 2015
I have the same problem. How about the car after replacing Throttle Body assembly.
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.
on August 06, 2015
How much did this cost? My son is being charged $850! That sounds soooo high!
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?
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.
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.
on February 06, 2017
I have a 2008 Caliber. My throttle control light came on yesterday and I lost power, had to be towed. I am currently on live chat with dodge as this should now be a recall as this is a serious safety issue. I have been told that they will not do anything as they are unaware of a problem. People need to let them know, so please, if you are having this issue or have had this issue, go onto the Dodge web site and pull up live chat. The phone number wont answer. If enough of us will do this then we can get our money back and possibly save someones life. I was about to pull out onto the highway when my car died
on September 03, 2015
I have a 2012 dodge avenger same problems. I took it to the dealer & they are saying they don't see anything wrong. My car started stalling again today. They also told me my gas tank was dented & not getting the right air supply & needs to be replaced. this would cost 1500 but they say this has nothing to do with the car not starting. Is this true I need help anyone?
on April 19, 2017
my Dodge Caliber SXT 2007 when the car is in park drive and I accelerate keep the rpm are at 4000rpm does not go beyond 4000 rpm. what could be the problem?
on November 28, 2016
I just experienced this issue. Cranked up the engine after filling up, car vibrated and noticed the sensor was on. Pulled into a parking space and looked it up - Engine Throttle Control Sensor. I was 90 minutes away from home, and had to drive on the interstate - the light came on intermittently, if I reduced speed it would go off. Exiting the interstate, the light came on, car began to vibrate and almost shut off as I was pulling into the intersection. This occurred for two more days, until I opted not to drive it until I could get it serviced (today). I have reached out to Chrylser/Dodge recall to find out my car is not included in the recall. There were several occasions where my vehicle felt as though it was going to simply shut off. The representative at the recall line said all repairs at my car's mileage and age are safety issues - that is incorrect, if I maintain my vehicle then I am in control of those things - however if an electronic or computer malfunction occurs while I am driving 70 mph or through an intersection - this is a SAFETY ISSUE.

I am going to fight tooth and nail to get this POS added to the recall. I have had nothing but issues with this car - corrosion on the battery line, new alternator, my left headlight only works on high beam and right headlight on low beam.

Dodge will not work with me on repairs. The recall line told me to hold my receipts in case a recall is issued. The diagnosis - Failure of Throttle Body - ~$615 they also wanted to replace my air filter and spark plugs for the grand total of $875. No thanks...just get this car running.
on April 06, 2017
I have the same problem. I believe this causes the brakes to engage or I may have another problem all together. The ETC light comes on and the traction control light comes on. The vehicle barely goes 40mph. When I got home the lug nuts on the front tires were Hot. I cleaned the Throttle Body up... Hope this works! On another note I am having a problem with the Secondary Air and check valve.
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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