Question about 2004 Dodge Ram 1500
The Electronic Throttle Control light is flashing in the dash of my 2003 Ram 2500 with the 5.7 Hemi. The Malfunction Indicator Light is also on. The truck still runs fine, no missing or hesitation. What do I need to do to fix the problem?
I took my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi to a mechanic that works from a garage at his home, recommended by a friend of mine. He removed and cleaned the throttle body and sensor(s?), then reinstalled them, and then disconnected both battery cables and held them together for 2 minutes so that the engine controller could reboot with the factory default settings, then reconnected them. I had bought a can of throttle body cleaner on my way over to his house for about $3.00. He charged me $40.00 for the job. This was done mid-February, about 10 weeks and 2500 miles ago. So far, the problem Has Not happened again, the truck has been running great!
Posted on Apr 28, 2009
I had this problem with my 2004 Ram with 5.7 Hemi. The check engine light would come on, it had a hesitation at a certain rpm range and would shut off on me from time to time. Took it to my mechanic and he said the electric throttle sensor wasn't reading correctly and my EGR valve was out. He fixed both problems, but then had to send the truck to the Dodge dealer to get the computer reflashed and the dealer is the only one that can do it. Cost about $500, but after that, no more problems. Better performance and fuel mileage.
Posted on Feb 04, 2009
The ETC light is simply an indicator that notifies you when something is wrong with the system. There are multiple controls and sensors that make up this system. When the light comes on in my truck, and then comes on in your truck, it could be for completely different things. You need to bite the bullet, take it to a dodge dealer and have them pull codes or look at a live feed... it is called "job security" for us mechanics. The light will come back on tomorrow or three months from now if all you do is turn off your engine or disconnect the battery. Same as putting a band aid on a broken bone. This is not faulty engineering or a recall issue. It is a feature that protects your engine. It will either kick your engine into limp mode, or shut it down to prevent further damage. The person above talking about the neighborhood mechanic fixing it, I believe, got lucky so-to-say that was the issue, might work for you, but wouldn't count on it necessarily. But this is the "fun" part of our new vehicles having all the bells and whistles and all the sensors, controls and wiring to make your neighbor envious. It can be tedious, and generally a pain-in-the-*** to find some of these issues and can be expensive to chase the wires and possibilities if a code doesn't flash. If that light is on, there is a fault with the system somewhere. It sucks, but ****, I love my Hemi!
Posted on Jun 08, 2012
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Posted on Jan 29, 2014
I've replaced the ETC twice in 3 years on my 2003 Ram 2500. Now it's flashing AGAIN! The truck is running fine tho. Ugh! Why is this happening repeatedly?
Posted on May 26, 2019
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