A faulty throttle body has really significant effects on your vehicle’s performance capacity. There are a number of things that could destroy the throttle body. For example, Dust and suit accumulation. In fact, some vehicle’s with high engine CC sizes use a lot of fuel because they have more than one throttle body. The throttle body helps to take in air which mixes with fuel within the combustion chamber.
Once this fuel and air mixture is ignited by the spark plug, it initiates a chain of energy production processes within the engine. Sometimes a faulty spark plug causes the car not to start while a faulty throttle body will cause it to misfire. I some other occasions the engine may stall during idle time and it may go off. This is because a car that has a faulty throttle body doesn’t burn fuel efficiently to provide power for the engine.
How the throttle body works.
The throttle body works alongside the throttle position sensor. The throttle body has a flap valve that opens at different angles depending on the engine’s energy requirements. This valve opens to allow air intake to facilitate energy production through combustion.
Further, the throttle position sensor is responsible for communicating with the fuel injector and the accelerator. Once the driver presses the accelerator, this information goes to the throttle position sensor. At this point, the throttle position sensor assesses the angular degree of the valve. Depending on the engine’s RPM, the throttle sensor opens the valve wider. Which allows more air into the throttle body.
Afterwards, the throttle position sensor sends a signal to the fuel injector. The information is to signal the fuel injector that the engine needs more fuel. The fuel injector gets more fuel from the fuel tank into the combustion chamber. Car servicing will help to prevent the situation where the throttle body is faulty.
Negative effects of a faulty throttle body.
- Loss of acceleration power.
If something is wrong with the catalytic chamber, the engine would not receive sufficient power to accelerate. That is because there is a problem with the mixture of fuel and air. This mixture’s ratio will not be at a balance. Hence causing the fuel not to get burnt properly which cuts down on power production for acceleration.
2. Damaged catalytic converter.
Unbalanced fuel and air mixture doesn’t allow the completion of combustion process. When this happens, the fuel may cause damage to the catalytic converter. The catalytic converter is located along the exhaust pipe and it eliminates toxic gases within the exhaust fumes.
The unburnt fuel moves from the combustion chamber towards the exhaust pipe for elimination. The catalytic converter only deals with gasses instead of liquids. Consequently, an introduction of unburnt fuel will cause harm.
3. Destroyed oil composition.
The fuel that did not burn completely may also lick into the oil tank. This may result to a lot of damages. Firstly, the fuel destroys the oil’s compositions and rearranges it’s nature. Suddenly, the oil doesn’t serve the purpose that it should.
4. Damaging vital engine components.
The engine parts rely on oil for lubrication and cooling purposes. When the throttle body is faulty, the fuel and air mixture ration is usually incorrect. That causes an incomplete combustion process which leads to excessive unburnt fuel.
As mentioned earlier, this fuel may leak into the oil tank hence destroying the oil’s attributes. The oil becomes inefficient in serving the engine parts as it should. Hence causing damage to those vital engine parts. That is why you are discouraged from driving your car when it has a faulty throttle body.