I have a lighting bolt icon on my dashboard
I had a cracked raditor which was replaced..and my car later on in the day was unsure if it was gonna overheat or not so when it finally went on the H.on the thermoter my car shut down so i let it rest for 30 minutes then it started back up then i let it sit over night.This morning when i started it the check engine light came on then the lighting bolt popped on
My car has 90000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.
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Hello. The lightning bolt symbol on a Dodge vehicle illuminates when the computer detects an issue with the vehicle’s electronic throttle control. Modern vehicles use electronically controlled throttle bodies to control the amount of air that enters the engine.
If the throttle body or its circuit have any problems it can cause the vehicle to experience drivability issues such as the ones you are experiencing.
A faulty electronic throttle body may cause the vehicle to stall, hesitate on acceleration, and in some cases may even render the vehicle undrivable. I would recommend having the computer scanned for trouble codes to see if any other issues may be present. If you need help with this, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the warning light and any other potential issues you may be having with the car.
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Electronic Throttle Control Warning: A lightning bolt between two brackets lights up when there`s an issue with the Electronic Throttle Control (ETC).
The lightning bolt on the dash means that there is a problem with the electronic throttle control system in your vehicle. Get a code reader and scan the engine for any logged codes. The light may be on for a glitch and the electronic throttle control system needs to be reset.
Electronic Throttle Control Indicator
This light, a lightning bolt between reversed brackets or parenthesis, will illuminate if there is a problem in the electronic throttle control system. It may be seen in red or yellow/amber. As an electronic system, it can sometimes be reset with a restart.
Like regular lightning, red lightning is caused by a build-up of electrical charge in clouds, but in this case the excess charge is released to the ionosphere — around 50 miles (81 kilometers) up — rather than to the ground. Sprites are usually red in colour, and can range in shape between a jellyfish and a carrot.
Electronic throttle control (ETC) is an automobile technology which electronically “connects” the accelerator pedal to the throttle, replacing a mechanical linkage.
Common signs include lacking power when accelerating, rough or slow idle, stalling, inability to shift up, and the Check Engine Light coming on.
It can be an occasional issue, but if it is accompanied by any of the other listed symptoms, it may be the throttle body temp sensor. Regardless, an overheating engine leading to starting problems should be investigated as soon as possible by a certified mechanic.
The electronic throttle control system in the Dodge Charger is designed to provide precise engine control and improve vehicle responsiveness. This system uses sensors to monitor the position of the throttle pedal and the engine speed, and then adjusts the amount of fuel delivered to the engine accordingly.
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