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Old 01-04-2008, 11:19 AM
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Hi,
I have an 03 Ram 1500w/hemi and the check engine lite comes on with the ETC lite flashing on the dash after a couple hours of freeway driving. It never happens in city driving. I reboot by disconnecting the battery and it cures the problem for a couple more hours.
Does anyone have an idea or two?
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:56 AM
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Default RE: Electronic Throttle Control Problems

Do the key trick and find out what codes are being thrown.
What you do is, turn the ignition keyfrom the off to just when the ignition only lights come on, on the dashbaord. but not the last click on the switch so as to start it.
Quickly turn it back to the off position.
Then do this a further 2 times, making three in all and leave it in the ignition on position on the third time.
It should take 2-3 seconds to do this correctly.
Then, on this third try, look at where the oddometer displays the mileage on your dashboard display.
You will find that the computer runs through some checks and any codes that have been thrown, will be displayed in the oddometer as P---- a 4 digit number.
Make a note of these codes and the prefix letter.
Do a search on this board for error codes and look them up.
This will tell you what system/part, is causing your check lights to come on.
That will narrow things down a bit.
Post your codes up on this board and the guys will give you a heads up, on what to either check/clean or replace.
This will work for 03 Hemis and others,as I do it on my 03 and it works 100%.
If you can't get the codes up in the oddometer display, your turning your key incorrectly.
Hope this helps and post up your codes.
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You might need to clean all the crap out ofthe throttle body....remove it and use carb cleaner.

Along with the trick above you can buy a OBD-II scanner pretty cheap...it'll display the code and definition for you. Most handheld tuners also offer this feature...both will clear the codes also.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:34 AM
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gronotte,

First, get the FSM here http://dodgeforum.com/forum/members/...-weedahoe.html for your truck, its the bible to how it's built---and its free!!!!

Then get the DTC codes for the problem from the dash or scanner---the dash is free, like Al pointed out.

Then look up the codes that are stored in the FSM you just downloaded. Pay particular attention to the cleaning section about you TB------VERY DELICATE AND VERY EXPENSIVE IF YOU SCREW IT UP, IT HAS HAPPENED TO A FEW GUYS HERE ON THE FORUM. AND YOU WON'T JUST RUN TO THE DEALER TO BUY A NEW ONE!!!!!!

The FSM will almost walk you through a complete diagnostics a troubleshooting of whatever the DTC code is that is stored

Good Luck---I hope this helps

Post back if you need more help
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:34 PM
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Thanks for the info, it seemed to work but no codes came up. It just said donE. I may need to have it trip the lite again and not reboot so as to get a code at that time. It seems to have not stored one. Many thanks and I will keep you posted.
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:36 PM
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thanks for the tips
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:37 PM
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great site thanks
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didja getit fingered out??????
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:17 PM
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There are a lot of conditions that will set the etc lightning bolt, but not a cel. And its not always the etc.

That light means 'limp mode' more than anything.
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:18 AM
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Default '03 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4, w/ 5.7L Hemi ETC Light

Hello,

I am a brand new member of the site. I registered right after I saw the good advice that was given to another member that had the EXACT problem I had. I was driving over the mountains this last weekend, had the cruise control set at 69 MPH, and the check engine light (CEL) along with the "electronic throttle control" light (ETC - lightening bolt with brackets) began flashing. I read the owners manual and it said I may have to have it towed ! I checked all my fluids, and checked for signs of obvious damage...all was good. When I re-started the truck, the CEL remained on, but the ETC light had gone out. So, I continued on my way. Yesterday morning I fired it up and went to work, and the CEL was on, but still no ETC light. finally, last night on the way home, no more CEL. Does that mean it corrected itself ? Will the "key trick" show me the codes that WERE there, or only "active" codes when the CEL is illuminated ? Any ideas what might be causing the intermittent light(s) ? Thanks,

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Old 06-03-2009, 11:19 PM
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Hi,
I have an 03 Ram 1500w/hemi and the check engine lite comes on with the ETC lite flashing on the dash after a couple hours of freeway driving. It never happens in city driving. I reboot by disconnecting the battery and it cures the problem for a couple more hours.
Does anyone have an idea or two?
Help Please
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I have Had this same Problem for the last three months when i start my car its fine i drive several miles and the (ETC) and check engine light pop on and my truck starts idling hard. I recently bought a can of
(MAF) mass air flow sensor cleaner by CRC, and i took out the sensor that is in the throttle body and sprayed it down and i wiped out the throttle body with a paper towel i reasmbled everything and now ive driven quite far and havnt had the problem since
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:16 PM
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Default Reply to '03 ETC flashing light problem

I had the exact same problem with my '03 Hemi (as have several others on this forum...actually, THAT problem is why I joined it). I went to my parts store (Schucks Auto Supply) and borrowed their diagnostic tool. I pluged it into my truck in the parking lot (took only 2 miinutes), and downloaded the codes. My code said "low air flow". I replaced the air filter with a K & N high-flow filter, and the problem was solved. Additionally, I got an extra 10 horsepower, and at leat 12% in fuel economy as a result of replacing with this filter.

Your code may be different, but if it is the same as mine, consider the same fix.

Hope this helps,

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Old 07-09-2009, 12:56 PM
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Does anyone know how to do the key trick on an 04 Hemi? The on again/off again x3 doesn't work on my truck. It doesn't do anything actually.
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:38 PM
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Trigger, on my 02 you have to hold down the mileage reset button while you turn the switch.
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Hi all,

Have a used 2005 Ram1500 5.7 Hemi with approx 55,000 mi...the truck will barely turn over and will not accelerate and just sputters and dies. I can't even move it out of my driveway. The ETC warning light just flashes. I did the ignition code thing and it showed the following codes:
P0123, P0222 and P2111. I found the codes for the first two on this thread, but can not find anything for P2111.

I'm wondering if I have some serious problems here and with the low mileage on my truck, is this normal or not. Also, I'm hoping that the warranty will cover this.

Any comments are appreciated!

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Yahoo search = P2111: The powertrain control module (PCM) fault status indicates the throttle plate is at a greater angle then commanded.
All sound related to the throttlebody. Sounds like it needs a good cleaning as well.
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Hi all,

Have a used 2005 Ram1500 5.7 Hemi with approx 55,000 mi...the truck will barely turn over and will not accelerate and just sputters and dies. I can't even move it out of my driveway. The ETC warning light just flashes. I did the ignition code thing and it showed the following codes:
P0123, P0222 and P2111. I found the codes for the first two on this thread, but can not find anything for P2111.

I'm wondering if I have some serious problems here and with the low mileage on my truck, is this normal or not. Also, I'm hoping that the warranty will cover this.

Any comments are appreciated!
You might want to check your battery and charging system.
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I own a 2005 dodge ram hemi. It seemed to hesitate when you first started it up and then put it in drive it wouldn't go for a second and then would pick up. Felt like it was out of tranny fluid. Then it died on my wife. Got it to start back up and the etc light was flashing had irregular idle and had to limp it home with no throttle. It only has 63,000 on it and the dealer was saying it was the throttle body or the pedal assembly. I just couldn't believe that the parts would have failed already with the low mileage. I Investigated it myself and found that on the left side of the engine (when sitting in drivers seat) at the back of the fuel rail the electrical connector closest to the fire wall was laying against the fuel line. Upon further inspection i found that the pink wire with the yellow stripe had rubbed on the fuel line to bare wire. I fixed it with a pink or samon colored heat shrink butt connector, and then taped the wire loom up real good. Problem fixed! I could imagine that this is a common problem due to the connector location, and considering the dodge wiring harness isn't covered with wire loom like other manufacturers, which makes the wires more suseptable to damage. Hope this helps someone it saved me a ton of headache and money! God bless! With prayer, and faith ne thing is possible!
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doing google searching, i ended up in this forum. my Throttle light come on and the car went into "limp mode" after scanning codes, and removed the TB, cleaned and re install still failing, i researcher more and ended up in replacing it by a new TB. once installed and cleared codes, the car started nicely.

I dis-assembly the bad TB and it has 2 gears (plastic) with tooth worn off. ill put pics for review.

Thanks to this forum, my car is on the roads again!!
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Bob, I am having the same problem with the throttler. Does anyone know if this an on going thing with the dodge rams and if it is a recall?
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