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P0221 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Throttle/Pedal Position Sensor/Switch B Circuit Range/Performance Problem". This can happen for multiple reasons and a mechanic needs to diagnose the specific cause for this code to be triggered in your situation. Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office to perform the Check Engine Light diagnostic. Once we are able to diagnose the problem, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.00 off as a credit towards the repair. All our repairs are backed by our 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty.
Throttle/Pedal Position Sensor/Switch B Circuit Range/Performance problem
This code means that the voltage or resistance in the circuitry of the throttle position sensor has fallen out of the acceptable range specified by the manufacturer.
A faulty throttle position sensor Damaged or loose wiring associated with the throttle position sensor Throttle body malfunction A faulty powertrain control module A misaligned throttle position sensor
Engine does not start Engine runs rough Hesitation or stumble Loss of power or poor acceleration
Inspects the throttle body for any obvious damages.
Plugs in or repairs any electrical connectors that are unplugged or damaged
Ensures that the throttle position sensor is installed correctly
Tests the sensor using the manufacturer’s recommendations
If no problems are found with the throttle body position sensor, it is possible that the Engine Control Module (ECM) may have an issue.
Replacing the throttle position sensor without testing it.
Many people think that just because a part is mentioned in a trouble code definition, it means that the part must be causing the problem. This can oftentimes lead to a misdiagnosis and wasted time and money.
The P0221 code is moderately serious, as it can cause several driveability problems and the engine will not perform correctly. The symptoms could cause longer drive times to work which can be very bothersome to the vehicle owner. Have this issue corrected quickly in order to get the vehicle to perform as it should again.
Just like with any other Check Engine Light code, it is best to get the problem diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible in order to prevent further engine or vehicle damage.
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