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Electronic throttle control light

I have a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan w/about 82000 miles on it. Last week, I heard a tone when I was braking quickly but saw no light. Then today I heard it again while braking to turn and saw a red light in the left corner of dash, it just flased up and disappeared. When I got to my location, i turned the ignition key off and then back on to see which lights were located there on the dash. Turns out it was the electronic throttle light. What would make this light/tone warning come on in this circumstance?

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Your car could be experiencing the effects of a failing throttle controller. In today's cars, the linkage between the accelerator and the throttle is electronic rather than mechanical (the way it used to be), so something like sensor damage, worn-out wires, and stuff like that. Or it could be that the throttle body itself is damaged.
If one of these really is the problem, it could cause your car to stop responding to the accelerator and to stop working, so this is a problem you may want to get checked out quickly so you don't get stuck somewhere with a car that doesn't work. This is a problem that should be diagnosed and fixed by a certified technician.

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The throttle is a fly by wire type, no more throttle cables, when you press the gas the computer reads that via a throttle pedal sensor and then commands a motor on the engine throttle valve to open the throttle to the desired power setting which it reads through yet another position sensor at the throttle valve on the engine. You have a problem somewhere in the system. What you need now is the dealer to troubleshoot the complex system and find out what is happening that is triggering the warning light for the throttle control..

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