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How to Replace a Throttle Position Sensor


The throttle position sensor (TPS) on most vehicles is located in the engine compartment. It sends input to the electronic engine control so that ignition and fuel injection timing can be adjusted for proper engine operation. When a throttle position sensor goes bad, your vehicle may stall or run rough at idle, and may stumble upon acceleration. The replacement of the TPS is a straightforward procedure that should take an amateur mechanic less than an hour to complete.

Step 1 Disconnect the negative cable from the battery by loosening the clamp’s nut with an adjustable wrench in a counterclockwise direction. Lift the cable from the battery terminal in a twisting motion and lay it aside.

Step 2 Locate the throttle position sensor. It is attached to the throttle body on the top of the engine.

Step 3 Separate the wiring harness connector from the throttle position sensor by pressing in on the tabs of the connector while pulling it apart by hand.