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I have codes po 638, 121, 221 does all these mean that i need a throttle body, also epc light comes on . with pwer loss , turn car back on you have power at first with all codes but i n a short time light comes back on.

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I believe it's all related to youe brake light switch. There is a recall on it. It sticks and causes the epc kight to flash, also causing your other stated issues. If recall working has been done, buy the dealer switch. It's easy to replace.

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