SFI SYSTEM, Diagnostic DTC:P012011

DTC Code DTC Name
P012011 Throttle / Pedal Position Sensor / Switch "A" Circuit Short to Ground

DESCRIPTION

The throttle position sensor is built into the throttle body with motor assembly and detects the opening angle of the throttle valve. This sensor is a non-contact type sensor. It uses Hall-effect elements in order to yield accurate signals even in extreme driving conditions, such as at high speeds as well as very low speeds.

The throttle position sensor has 2 sensor circuits, VTA1 and VTA2, each of which transmits a signal. VTA1 is used to detect the throttle valve angle and VTA2 is used to detect malfunctions in VTA1. The sensor signal voltages vary between 0 V and 5 V in proportion to the throttle valve opening angle, and are transmitted to the VTA1 and VTA2 terminals of the ECM.

As the valve closes, the sensor output voltage decreases and as the valve opens, the sensor output voltage increases. The ECM calculates the throttle valve opening angle according to these signals and controls the throttle actuator in response to driver inputs. These signals are also used in calculations such as air fuel ratio correction, power increase correction and fuel-cut control.

B006PA8E82

Tech Tips


  • When throttle position sensor DTCs are output, check the throttle valve opening angle using the GTS. Enter the following menus: Powertrain / Engine / Data List / Throttle Position Sensor No.1 Voltage and Throttle Position Sensor No.2 Voltage.

  • Throttle Position Sensor No.1 Voltage is the VTA1 signal, and Throttle Position Sensor No.2 Voltage is the VTA2 signal.

    Reference (Normal Condition)
    When Accelerator Pedal Fully Released

    When Accelerator Pedal Fully Depressed

    (Engine Running)

    Throttle Position Sensor No.1 Voltage (VTA1) Throttle Position Sensor No.2 Voltage (VTA2) Throttle Position Sensor No.1 Voltage (VTA1) Throttle Position Sensor No.2 Voltage (VTA2)
    0.6 to 1.1 V 2.1 to 3.1 V

    3.2 to 4.8 V

    (Not fail-safe)

    4.6 to 4.98 V

    (Not fail-safe)

DTC No. Detection Item DTC Detection Condition Trouble Area MIL Memory Note
P012011 Throttle / Pedal Position Sensor / Switch "A" Circuit Short to Ground The output voltage of VTA1 is less than 0.56 V for 2 seconds or more (1 trip detection logic).
  • Throttle position sensor (throttle body with motor assembly)

  • Short in VTA1 circuit

  • Open in VCTA circuit

  • ECM

Comes on DTC stored SAE Code: P0122

MONITOR DESCRIPTION

The ECM uses the throttle position sensor to monitor the throttle valve opening angle. If the VTA1 terminal voltage is less than the threshold, the ECM will illuminate the MIL and store this DTC.

MONITOR STRATEGY

Frequency of Operation Continuous

CONFIRMATION DRIVING PATTERN

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  1. Connect the GTS to the DLC3.

  2. Turn the engine switch on (IG).

  3. Turn the GTS on.

  4. Clear the DTCs (even if no DTCs are stored, perform the clear DTC procedure).

  5. Turn the engine switch off and wait for at least 30 seconds.

  6. Turn the engine switch on (IG) [A].

  7. Turn the GTS on.

  8. Start the engine.

  9. With the vehicle stationary, fully depress and release the accelerator pedal [B].

  10. Idle the engine for 2 seconds or more [C].

  11. Enter the following menus: Powertrain / Engine / Trouble Codes [D].

  12. Read the pending DTCs.

    Tech Tips


    • If a pending DTC is output, the system is malfunctioning.

    • If a pending DTC is not output, perform the following procedure.

  13. Enter the following menus: Powertrain / Engine / Utility / All Readiness.

  14. Input the DTC: P012011.

  15. Check the DTC judgment result.

    GTS Display Description
    NORMAL
    • DTC judgment completed

    • System normal

    ABNORMAL
    • DTC judgment completed

    • System abnormal

    INCOMPLETE
    • DTC judgment not completed

    • Perform driving pattern after confirming DTC enabling conditions

    Tech Tips


    • If the judgment result is NORMAL, the system is normal.

    • If the judgment result is ABNORMAL, the system is malfunctioning.

    • If the judgment result is INCOMPLETE, perform steps [B] through [D] again.

FAIL-SAFE

When this DTC is stored, the ECM enters fail-safe mode. During fail-safe mode, the ECM cuts the current to the throttle actuator, and the throttle valve is returned to a 7° throttle valve opening angle by the return spring. The ECM then adjusts the engine output by controlling the fuel injection (intermittent fuel-cut) and ignition timing, in accordance with the accelerator pedal angle, to allow the vehicle to continue running at a minimal speed. If the accelerator pedal is depressed firmly and gently, the vehicle can be driven slowly.

Fail-safe mode continues until a pass condition is detected, and the engine switch is turned off.

WIRING DIAGRAM

B006KHRE01
*a Throttle Position Sensor (Throttle Body with Motor Assembly)

CAUTION / NOTICE / HINT

Tech Tips

Read Freeze Frame Data using the GTS. The ECM records vehicle and driving condition information as Freeze Frame Data the moment a DTC is stored. When troubleshooting, Freeze Frame Data can help determine if the vehicle was moving or stationary, if the engine was warmed up or not, if the air fuel ratio was lean or rich, and other data from the time the malfunction occurred.

PROCEDURE


  1. READ VALUE USING GTS (THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR NO.1 VOLTAGE)


    1. Connect the GTS to the DLC3.

    2. Turn the engine switch on (IG).

    3. Turn the GTS on.

    4. Enter the following menus: Powertrain / Engine / Data List / Throttle Position Sensor No.1 Voltage.


      Powertrain > Engine > Data List
      Tester Display
      Throttle Position Sensor No.1 Voltage
    5. Read the values displayed on the GTS.

    6. Disconnect the throttle body with motor assembly connector.

    7. Compare the value of the Data List item Throttle Position Sensor No.1 Voltage after disconnecting the throttle body with motor assembly connector to the value when the connector was connected.

      Result
      Result Proceed to
      Changes from less than 0.56 V to higher than 4.535 V A
      Does not change from less than 0.56 V B

      Tech Tips

      Perform "Inspection After Repair" after replacing the throttle body with motor assembly.

      Click here


    A
    B
  2. CHECK HARNESS AND CONNECTOR (THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR - ECM)


    1. Disconnect the throttle body with motor assembly connector.

    2. Disconnect the ECM connector.

    3. Measure the resistance according to the value(s) in the table below.

      Standard Resistance
      Tester Connection Condition Specified Condition
      D70-5 (VC) - D110-121 (VCTA) Always Below 1 Ω
      D70-6 (VTA) or D110-122 (VTA1) - Body ground Always 10 kΩ or higher
      Result
      Proceed to
      OK
      NG

    OK
    NG