Q: Throttle position sensor light on

asked by on

Last week the check engine light came on so I looked and it said "throttle position sensor" P0120. I proceeded to replace it but that did not fix the problem. I continued to replace the ECM and the problem was solved. However, the transmission is now shifting very hard. This started when the TPS went bad. What should I do to fix it?

For many vehicles, regardless of manufacturer, there is the need to do a "re-learn" sequence (after replacing the TPS or a battery) so the TPS and transmission will work smoothly. You may have to drive the vehicle for a bit in order this re-learning procedure to complete. If you are still having problems after a couple of weeks, I recommend having a professional mechanic inspect the shifting issue and check the TPS and transmission for proper operation.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Throttle position sensor light on

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Will turn over but won't spark to start, 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier. As you may already know, your car needs air, fuel, and spark to start. You have covered most of that already. If it is not getting spark, start by...

Q: Transmission not shifting into overdrive

Hello. If the transmission is shifting fine but will not go into overdrive, then it may have a solenoid failure or a pressure problem. A bad brake light switch can also cause this. I would typically start by checking to...

Q: I am thinking of buying a 98 Lexus LS400 with 200,000 mi for $3000. IT runs great and is in beautiful condition. Check Engine light is on 1998 Lexus LS400

Hello - as to the starter question, if the starter starts to spin immediately after you turn the key to the "Start" position, spins the motor over briskly without strange noises, hot or cold - the starter is probably fine....

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...