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2008 Dodge Caliber sxt 2.0 with cvt transmission, electronic throttle control light flashing, car has very rough idling and will only drive in limp mode. No check engine light on either

I was driving home and i did hit a pothole, but while I was driving the electronic throttle control light started to blink and then turned off. I parked the car, and took out the driver's manual and reset it but then once I started the car again the car ran rough, like the engine is sputtering while idling, also I pressed down on the gas but the car's tachometer only went up to the number 2 and the car could only go about 5-10 mph with the d option on the shifter. So I switched it to autostick mode and I was shifting gears but the car would only do between 10-20 mph. This is the limp mode that all chrysler, dodges, and plymouths do. I was able to get home but at every red light or stop sign the car sputters hard and then when I am pressing the brakes to slow down the car gets jerky movements. I have looked up on dodge forums and it seems like this is a common issue, but when I bought the car and I also just checked the dodge recall website everything is up to date. It could be anything from a snapped handbrake cable to a speed sensor to a throttle position sensor or a loose vacuum hose. I am not sure what it would be. I will be going to dealership soon to get it looked at.

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    Chris Apr 03, 2015

    Ok I took it to aamco and had they diagnose it two codes popped up: fuel volume and throttle actuator codes the suspect was a bad throttle body which is an expensive part with NO aftermarket availability apparently it is a very common issue and mine went after 62,000 miles which is pretty lame. Anyways I purchased a new throttle body and hopefully it will solve the issue.

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Try cleaning the throttle body

Posted on Apr 03, 2015

Testimonial: "the mechanic cleaned it but then said he heard a rattling sound (he shook it and heard something loose) so i had no choice but to buy a new throttle body"

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    Chris Apr 03, 2015

    "the mechanic cleaned it but then said he heard a rattling sound (he shook it and heard something loose) so i had no choice but to buy a new throttle body"

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