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P2139 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Throttle/Pedal Position Sensor/Switch D / F Voltage Correlation". 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 for $70.00. Once we are able to diagnose the problem, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $30.00 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 D / F Voltage Correlation
The P2139 code means that an improper voltage correlation between the throttle and pedal position sensors has caused the throttle plate to become unable to open and close properly. The electronic control unit (ECU) uses the signals from both the throttle position sensor and the pedal position switch to determine how much to open or close the throttle plate. When the malfunction between the two signals is found, the P2139 code is set. Along with this code, the Check Engine Light is illuminated and a failsafe mode set. The failsafe mode will remain until the code is repaired or normal operation resumes.
The symptoms can vary greatly with the P2139 code
Hooks up a scan tool to the ECU and checks for any codes stored, including history and pending codes
Notes all codes as well as any freeze frame data available
Clears the codes and then performs a test drive, preferably under similar conditions to the freeze frame data
Performs a visual inspection, looking for any obvious signs of failure
If nothing obvious is seen during the visual inspection, then the technician will use a multimeter to check for the presence of voltage at the throttle body, as well as at the pedal position sensor.
If voltage is found, than the air intake will be removed and the throttle plate inspected for the ability to function properly at all.
A common mistake is assuming that the throttle plate is actually opening and that one of the sensors must be the cause. The throttle plate can become stuck with carbon causing the plate to not open or close which makes the throttle position sensor read faulty.
The P2139 code is serious. It can cause the vehicle to not be able to move or die while running. Extreme caution should be taken with this code and if any driveability problems are found the vehicle should not be driven and needs to be repaired immediately.
In some cases, the throttle may not operate because it has become stuck. This happens when excessive amounts of carbon build up and bind the throttle plate linkage. In these cases throttle body cleaner can be used to remove the carbon carefully, which may restore the throttle to proper operation.
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