Toyota Avalon Service & Repair Manual: Throttle / Pedal Position Sensor / Switch "A" Circuit Voltage Out of Range (P01201C)

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DESCRIPTION

Refer to DTC P012011.

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DTC No.

Detection Item

DTC Detection Condition

Trouble Area

MIL

Memory

Note

P01201C

Throttle / Pedal Position Sensor / Switch "A" Circuit Voltage Out of Range

The difference between the output voltage of VTA1 and VTA2 is less than 0.8 V, or higher than 1.6 V for less than 2 seconds (1 trip detection logic).

  • Throttle position sensor (throttle body with motor assembly)
  • Throttle position sensor circuit
  • ECM

Comes on

DTC stored

SAE Code: P0121

MONITOR DESCRIPTION

The ECM uses the throttle position sensor to monitor the throttle valve opening angle. There are several checks that the ECM performs to confirm the proper operation of the throttle position sensor.

This sensor transmits two signals: VTA1 and VTA2. VTA1 is used to detect the throttle opening angle and VTA2 is used to detect malfunctions in VTA1. The ECM performs several checks to confirm the proper operation of the throttle position sensor and VTA1.

For each throttle opening angle, a specific voltage difference is expected between the outputs of VTA1 and VTA2. If the output voltage difference between the two signals deviates from the normal operating range, the ECM interprets this as a malfunction of the throttle position sensor, illuminates the MIL and stores a DTC.

MONITOR STRATEGY

Related DTCs

P0121: Throttle position sensor rationality

Required Sensors/Components (Main)

Throttle position sensor

Required Sensors/Components (Related)

-

Frequency of Operation

Continuous

Duration

Within 2 seconds

MIL Operation

Immediate

Sequence of Operation

None

TYPICAL ENABLING CONDITIONS

Either of the following conditions is met

A or B

A. Power switch

On (IG)

B. Throttle actuator power

On

Throttle position sensor circuit fail (P0122, P0123, P0222, P0223, P2135)

Not detected

TYPICAL MALFUNCTION THRESHOLDS

Either of the following conditions is met

A or B

A. Difference of learned throttle position sensor opener position voltage between VTA2 and VTA1

Higher than 1.6 V

B. Difference of learned throttle position sensor opener position voltage between VTA2 and VTA1

Less than 0.8 V

CONFIRMATION DRIVING PATTERN

HINT:

  • After repair has been completed, clear the DTC and then check that the vehicle has returned to normal by performing the following All Readiness check procedure.

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  • When clearing the permanent DTCs, refer to the "CLEAR PERMANENT DTC" procedure.

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  1. Connect the Techstream to the DLC3.
  2. Turn the power switch on (IG).
  3. Turn the Techstream on.
  4. Clear the DTCs (even if no DTCs are stored, perform the clear DTC procedure).
  5. Turn the power switch off and wait for at least 30 seconds.
  6. Turn the power switch on (IG) [A].
  7. Turn the Techstream on.
  8. Put the engine in Inspection Mode (Maintenance Mode).

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

    HINT:

    During charge control, the engine speed is set at idle. Therefore, the engine speed will not increase when the accelerator pedal is depressed. In this case, perform step [B] after charge control has completed.

  11. Idle the engine for 2 seconds or more [C].
  12. Enter the following menus: Powertrain / Engine / Trouble Codes [D].
  13. Read the pending DTCs.

    HINT:

    • If a pending DTC is output, the system is malfunctioning.
    • If a pending DTC is not output, perform the following procedure.
  14. Enter the following menus: Powertrain / Engine / Utility / All Readiness.
  15. Input the DTC: P01201C.
  16. Check the DTC judgment result.

    Techstream 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

    HINT:

    • 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.
    • [A] to [D]: Normal judgment procedure.

      The normal judgment procedure is used to complete DTC judgment and also used when clearing permanent DTCs.

    • When clearing the permanent DTCs, do not disconnect the cable from the auxiliary battery terminal or attempt to clear the DTCs during this procedure, as doing so will clear the universal trip and normal judgment histories.

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 7.5° 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 engine torque request signal sent from the hybrid vehicle control ECU assembly, to allow the vehicle to continue being driven 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 power switch is turned off.

WIRING DIAGRAM

Refer to DTC P012011.

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CAUTION / NOTICE / HINT

NOTICE:

  • Vehicle Control History may be stored in the hybrid vehicle control ECU assembly if the engine is malfunctioning. Certain vehicle condition information is recorded when Vehicle Control History is stored. Reading the vehicle conditions recorded in both the Freeze Frame Data and Vehicle Control History can be useful for troubleshooting.

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    (Select Powertrain in Health Check and then check the time stamp data.)

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  • If any "Engine Malfunction" Vehicle Control History item has been stored in the hybrid vehicle control ECU assembly, make sure to clear it. However, as all Vehicle Control History items are cleared simultaneously, if any Vehicle Control History items other than "Engine Malfunction" are stored, make sure to perform any troubleshooting for them before clearing Vehicle Control History.

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HINT:

  • DTC P01201C is stored when the VTA1 and VTA2 output voltages are not consistent with the sensor characteristics. Therefore, check the Freeze Frame Data for this DTC. Use the following formula to confirm the relative differences in voltage.

    Characteristic Sensor Output:

    VTA2 x 0.8 is approximately equal to VTA1 + 1.11 V

    VTA1: Throttle Position Sensor No.1 Voltage

    VTA2: Throttle Position Sensor No.2 Voltage

  • Read Freeze Frame Data using the Techstream. 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.

CHECK HARNESS AND CONNECTOR (THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR - ECM)

(a) Disconnect the throttle body with motor assembly connector.

(b) Disconnect the ECM connector.

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

Standard Resistance:

Tester Connection

Condition

Specified Condition

C25-2 (VC) - C55-109 (VCTA)

Always

Below 1 Ω

C25-1 (VTA) - C55-108 (VTA1)

Always

Below 1 Ω

C25-3 (VTA2) - C55-87 (VTA2)

Always

Below 1 Ω

C25-4 (E2) - C55-110 (ETA)

Always

Below 1 Ω

C25-2 (VC) or C55-109 (VCTA) - Body ground and other terminals

Always

10 kΩ or higher

C25-1 (VTA) or C55-108 (VTA1) - Body ground and other terminals

Always

10 kΩ or higher

C25-3 (VTA2) or C55-87 (VTA2) - Body ground and other terminals

Always

10 kΩ or higher

(d) Inspect the condition of the terminals of the connectors.

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OK

GO TO STEP 5

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2.

REPAIR OR REPLACE HARNESS OR CONNECTOR

(a) Repair or replace the wire harness or connector.

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3.

CLEAR DTC

(a) Connect the Techstream to the DLC3.

(b) Turn the power switch on (IG).

(c) Turn the Techstream on.

(d) Clear the DTCs.

Powertrain > Engine > Clear DTCs

(e) Turn the power switch off and wait for at least 30 seconds.

NEXT

4.

CHECK WHETHER DTC OUTPUT RECURS (DTC P01201C)

(a) Drive the vehicle in accordance with the driving pattern described in Confirmation Driving Pattern.

(b) Enter the following menus: Powertrain / Engine / Trouble Codes.

(c) Read the DTCs.

Powertrain > Engine > Trouble Codes

Result

Proceed to

DTCs are not output

A

DTC P01201C is output

B

A

END

B

5.

CHECK HARNESS AND CONNECTOR (RESISTANCE OF ECM)

(a) Disconnect the throttle body with motor assembly connector.

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

Standard Resistance:

Tester Connection

Condition

Specified Condition

C25-2 (VC) - C25-1 (VTA)

Power switch off

190 to 210 kΩ

C25-2 (VC) - C25-3 (VTA2)

Power switch off

190 to 210 kΩ

HINT:

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

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OK

REPLACE THROTTLE BODY WITH MOTOR ASSEMBLY

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REPLACE ECM

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