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I am going to THROTTLE someBODY

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Our bad luck continues, but on the positive side, we are really learning a lot about mechanics and electronics in vehicles!  Our vehicle is six years old, so I guess we can expect some surprises! (165000 km) But, there are days when I feel like Throttling somebody at Chrysler!  I can't afford this!

 

Our engine light came on the other day.  Stayed on.  No blinking.  Took it to a shop and a fine young man checked it out with some kind of a hand held scanner.  The code was P0123 which is Throttle Position Sensor (or throttle body sensor or something like that).  He cleared the code and the light has not come on again.  

 

So, if it does, I guess we have to replace the accelerator pedal and sensor since they are both in one unit.  The dealer wanted over 400 bucks for the part alone.  I don't think I will go back.  

 

Are the aftermarket ones acceptable to use?  Is the quality good?  Or, would you guys recommend a refit with a OEM Mopar part?

 

Has anyone had experience with this replacement and have they used aftermarket parts (which are below 100 bucks)? 

 

If the light comes on again, I will get someone to check the wires first.

 

Thanks for your time.

 

mechanical-idiot

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I would buy an OEM one just to be on the safe side. If anything were to happen with the accelerator while you were driving you'd be screaming expletives because you bought one from somewhere else! If anything does go wrong again with the OEM one, the good news is that it will be covered under warranty. That's the main benefit for going with the dealership, once you replace a part that part is under warranty for I believe 2 years (may want to double check that). How many miles do you have on your DJ? 6 years isn't very old

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expensive part might want to make sure that is whats wrong, or that is the right part as a lot of different kinds of that is listed. good luck

 

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Just picked one up at the salvage yard for 75 bucks.  Came off a 2013.  Accident damaged vehicle with 43000 km on it.

 

Thanks 2late4u, I forgot about the old junkyard ploy!  You just saved me a few bucks!

 

The MIL light has not come back, but if it does, I will be prepared.

 

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There are days when I feel like throwing something at it for sure, but it really is a great vehicle to drive.  We have had some bad luck, but every vehicle has some mechanical failures now and then.

 

I am not ready to throw a TANK at it yet!

 

 

I nearly cried when I saw this video!  What a waste.  Lots of great parts were still on the vehicle.

 

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