Throttle cable location

Tiny
TONYNEAL
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET COLORADO
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 189,000 MILES
Where does the throttle cable go once it leaves the pedal inside the cab? Or is there a cable? Because I can’t seem to see one!
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Sunday, February 10th, 2019 AT 6:55 PM

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Tiny
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Hi and thanks for using 2CarPros.

The vehicle doesn't have a traditional throttle cable. In its place is a throttle actuator system which uses electronics to control the throttle plate. Here is the description of the system and how it works. Read through it and let me know if I can help in any way.

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Throttle Actuator Control (TAC) System
Vehicle Powertrain Management Computers and Control Systems Description and Operation Components Throttle Actuator Control (TAC) System
THROTTLE ACTUATOR CONTROL (TAC) SYSTEM
THROTTLE ACTUATOR CONTROL (TAC) SYSTEM DESCRIPTION

THROTTLE ACTUATOR CONTROL (TAC) OVERVIEW
The throttle actuator control (TAC) system uses vehicle electronics and components to calculate and control the position of the throttle blade. This eliminates the need for a mechanical cable attachment from the accelerator pedal to the throttle body. This system also performs the cruise control functions as well.

The TAC system components include, but are not limited to the following:
- The accelerator pedal position (APP) sensors
- The throttle body
- The powertrain control module (PCM)

Each of these components interface together to ensure accurate calculations and control of the throttle position.

ACCELERATOR PEDAL POSITION (APP) SENSOR
The accelerator pedal position (APP) sensor is mounted on the accelerator pedal assembly. The APP is 2 individual APP sensors within one housing. There are 2 separate signal, low reference, and 5-volt reference circuits. APP sensor 1 voltage increases as the accelerator pedal is depressed. APP sensor 2 voltage decreases as the accelerator pedal is depressed.

THROTTLE BODY ASSEMBLY
The throttle body for the throttle actuator control (TAC) system is similar to a conventional throttle body with several exceptions. One exception being the use of a motor to control the throttle position instead of a mechanical cable. Another exception is the throttle position (TP) sensor. The TP sensor is mounted in the throttle body assembly. The TP sensor is 2 individual TP sensors within the throttle body assembly. Two separate signals, low reference, and 5-volt reference circuits are used to connect the TP sensors and the powertrain control module (PCM). TP sensor 2 signal voltage increases as the throttle opens. TP sensor 1 signal voltage decreases as the throttle opens.

MODES OF OPERATION

Battery Saver Mode
If the powertrain control module (PCM) detects the ignition ON for 10 seconds without the engine running, the PCM will allow the throttle blade to return to the default position. This removes the draw that is present while holding the throttle blade at the calculated idle position.

Reduced Engine Power Mode
When the PCM detects a problem with the throttle actuator control (TAC) system the PCM enters one of the following Reduced Engine Power Modes:
- Acceleration Limiting. The control module will continue to use the accelerator pedal for throttle control, however the vehicle acceleration is limited.
- Limited Throttle Mode. The control module will continue to use the accelerator pedal for throttle control, however the maximum throttle opening is limited.
- Throttle Default Mode. The control module will turn OFF the throttle actuator.
- Forced Idle Mode. The control module will perform the following actions:
- Limit engine speed to idle by positioning throttle position, or by controlling fuel and spark if throttle is turned OFF.
- Ignore accelerator pedal input.
- Engine Shutdown Mode. The control module will disable fuel and de-energize the throttle actuator.

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Let me know if that answers your question or if you need help.

Take care,
Joe
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