Q: Accelerator is not responding

asked by on December 06, 2016

when I go to start the truck it accelerates on its own sounds as if theres a misfire then it shuts off on its own. when you try to give it any gas itll rev all the way to 9000 rpms. ive already changed the camshaft sensor and the throttle position sensor.

My car has 175000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This may be a sign of a failing throttle position sensor or potentially a vacuum leak. The throttle position sensor (TPS) is a sensor used to monitor the throttle position of the throttle plate inside the throttle body in relation to your foot position on the gas pedal. Based upon the inputs from the sensor reading your foot’s position on the pedal, the ECU then makes the direction to supply more or less fuel to the motor. When this sensor is not working properly, this can cause intermittent responses when pressing the gas pedal.

A vacuum leak can be one of the most frustrating and difficult problems to diagnose. High idle speed is a common sign and stalling is another. Confirmation of an engine vacuum leak can be a very loud hissing sound coming from the engine area. When a vacuum leak is present in an engine, this causes an excessive imbalance in the air/fuel ratio which creates a loss of power and causes the motor to run at a much higher RPM as a result of the increased oxygen present in the fuel charge being injected into the motor. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose your vacuum leak as these can be very difficult and time consuming to trace.

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