Reduced engine power light

Tiny
VSTRAWN
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  • 2000 SATURN SL2
  • 3.0L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 15,000 MILES
No power, push on gas the rpm's go down. I turn car off starts fine, but when it gets to 50 mph iit happens again. Is it possible throttle body sensor how to change?
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Saturday, June 25th, 2016 AT 9:49 AM

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Tiny
JDL
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I have to ask, how long since a tune-up? Are there any applicable trouble codes? To check codes, yourself, at the least, you need an obd2 code reader that will check manufacturer specific codes as well as po codes.
As far as the throttle position sensor, you can check ref voltage--ground and signal using a digital multimeter. With key on, hopefully, you can get on the signal wire, move throttle lever up and down/open and closed, see if voltage signal moves smoothly. If it does, I don't think that sensor is the problem. I haven't looked at the wiring diagram for that sensor?

The maf sensor seems to be a common issue.

At the top of page is a link for "repair guides", take a look if you have time, some interesting info.
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Saturday, June 25th, 2016 AT 11:15 AM
Tiny
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I am going to have codes tested will send any I receive. Today headed to work unable to travel over 30 mph, but coming home no trouble. Please, now when the transmission shitfs it is jerking into gear. This is new, but the reduced engine power. The light did not come on.
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Sunday, June 26th, 2016 AT 2:20 AM
Tiny
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Just to add to this one if the reduced performance light is on there is most likely a issue with your throttle body assembly and the connector going to the throttle body. Very common I have replaced tons when I worked at the Saturn dealer. If you have a hard shift into all the gears then most likely you need to replace your line pressure actuator in the transmission. That is a really common problem as well. Post the exact code numbers not code descriptions and I can tell you more.
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Sunday, June 26th, 2016 AT 7:56 AM

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