The 5 volts is the feed and is acceptable.
The 4.57 volts would be typical of the signal wire. You should find that one goes down to around a half volt when it is plugged in and you back-probe the connector. There is a "pull-up" resistor inside the computer to force that voltage to go to a defective state, (over 4.5 volts) so it will set a code if there is a break in that wire. There's a break now when it's unplugged. That resistor is so huge, (electrically), that is has no affect on the circuit when it's working properly.
The black / blue wire is reading ok with both meters right now but that is the one I suspect has an intermittent connection based on the fault codes.....
Actually, I have to rethink this. After looking at the code descriptions again, we can disregard codes 12, 33, and 55. 15 has to do with the vehicle speed sensor signal, not the MAP sensor as I originally thought. The manual is a little confusing. Code 25 says one of the four wires going to the automatic idle speed motor is shorted, but it doesn't specify if it is shorted to ground or to one of the other wires. The TPS code 24 doesn't specify whether the voltage is too high or too low, just that it is out of range. That means the problem could be in one of two circuits and we don't know which one, ... Yet.
I guess what I would like you to do is to back-probe the black / blue ground wire on the TPS connector with it plugged in, ground the other meter lead with a clip lead, then prop the meter under the wiper arm and drive the car until the problem occurs, then read the meter. If the voltage stays near 0 volts, try that again with the positive meter lead on the other end of the connector in the 5.0 feed terminal. One of those two, the ground or the feed has to be going away for that code to set.
As an alternative, you can back-probe the middle wire during the test drive. It will vary from 0.5 to 4.5 depending on throttle position. What we need to know is what it goes to when the problem occurs. If the ground wire opens up, that signal voltage will go to more than 4.5 volts. If the feed wire opens up, the signal wire will go to 0 volts.
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 AT 11:10 PM