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How much does it cost to replace a throttle controller?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $601 for a throttle controller replacement, with $477 for parts and $124 for mechanic labor. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace a throttle controller? In general, it takes around 1.1 hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 
Here’s an overview of throttle controller replacement costs for different vehicles:
Throttle controller replacement cost for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
June 19, 2024
Fiat 124 Spider
$649
$577
$71
0.6 Hours
June 14, 2024
Tesla Model S
$385
$308
$76
0.6 Hours
June 10, 2024
Suzuki Swift
$698
$627
$71
0.6 Hours
June 9, 2024
Audi Q7
$658
$577
$81
0.6 Hours
June 5, 2024
Ford Taurus
$1,266
$1,186
$80
0.6 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my throttle controller replacement?

A throttle controller replacement is a fairly simple process that involves just one replacement part.
Electronic throttle body: The electronic throttle body does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to throttle control. It’s located between the intake manifold and the intake assembly, and it will usually cost you between $250 and $1,500.
Some reputable brands we recommend include ACDelco, Bosch, and Hitachi for reliable and quality throttle controller replacements. You can typically purchase these brands from retailers such as AutoZone, RockAuto, and Advance Auto Parts, both online and in person. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle's specific year, make, and model.
When it comes to your throttle controller, the vehicle you drive will play a large part in determining whether you should buy an OEM or aftermarket throttle body. Oftentimes, aftermarket parts are more affordable, but OEM parts are guaranteed to fit your vehicle.
You can purchase throttle controller replacement kits and parts at auto body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone, RockAuto, and Advance Auto Parts. You can also find kits on Amazon.

Where can I get my throttle controller replaced?

With the rundown on 2,500+ vetted repair shops nationwide, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can make the search for a mechanic to replace your throttle controller a lot easier.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from local shops using actual hourly rates. You’ll be able to budget for diagnostic fees and see reviews from previous customers to make sure you’ll be happy with your service.
Here’s a look at some of our vetted shops below—and you can download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
132 Reviews
Dunn Tire - Camillus #23
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3690 Milton Ave, Camillus, NY
Throttle Controller Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$503
(Parts - $403, Labor - $100)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$109.99
174 Reviews
Yoo's Auto Service & Collision
address
189 W Duncannon Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Throttle Controller Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$488
(Parts - $403, Labor - $85)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
123 Reviews
Zimmerman Automotive LLC
address
7638 Airpark Rd A, Great Falls, VA
Throttle Controller Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$518
(Parts - $403, Labor - $115)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$50
189 Reviews
Viking Auto Electric & Air
address
4521 Sunbeam Rd, Jacksonville, FL
Throttle Controller Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$508
(Parts - $403, Labor - $105)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$110
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my throttle controller?

If your car needs a throttle controller replacement, your mechanic will follow these steps to complete it:
  1. Locate the throttle controller and prepare tools
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery post
  3. Disconnect any clamps and electrical connectors and remove the air intake tube: Remove the throttle controller electrical connector(s)
  4. Remove the throttle body bolts
  5. Throttle controller removal 
  6. Reassembly

What happens if I don’t replace my throttle controller?

If you notice any symptoms of a throttle controller problem, get a mechanic to inspect it immediately. It’s dangerous to drive with a failing throttle controller since it can lead to the following issues:
  • Engine misfire
  • Difficulty changing gears
  • Uncontrolled speed surges while driving
You may also see a lit check engine light in your vehicle.

What is a throttle controller?

Your car’s electronic throttle control (ETC) is an automotive technology that connects your gas pedal to your engine and controls your engine’s airflow. The throttle controller is an innovation in newer cars—the technology is often known as drive-by-wire.
When you step on the gas pedal, you activate the throttle controller, which senses the amount of pressure on the pedal and sends a proportionate electric signal to your engine’s electronic control unit (ECU).
Electric throttle controls have many benefits over the old mechanical cables, including:
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Improved responsiveness
  • Improved fuel economy

When should I replace the throttle controller on my car?

The most common symptoms of a bad throttle controller include:
  1. Engine misfiring, hesitating, or stalling
  2. Difficulty changing gears
  3. Uncontrolled speed surges while driving
  4. Decreased
    fuel efficiency

How often should a throttle controller be replaced?

Throttle controllers are meant to live and die with your vehicle, so they don’t fall under your typical car maintenance schedule. Still, you should be aware of the warning signs that your throttle controller might be failing and take your vehicle to a mechanic if you think you need a throttle controller replacement.

Can I replace my throttle controller myself?

You can replace a throttle controller at home if you’re confident in your DIY auto repair skills, but some cars might require a manual re-learn procedure to connect the new throttle controller. In most cases, it’s best to let a professional replace your throttle controller.

FAQs

It could be time to replace your throttle controller if you experience decreased engine performance, with symptoms such as:
  • The engine is hesitating or
    misfiring
  • You have difficulty changing gears
  • The car is stalling
  • You experience uncontrolled speed surges while driving
  • Fuel economy
    has decreased
Driving with a faulty throttle controller is dangerous since it can cause an engine misfire, difficulty changing gears, and uncontrolled speed surges while driving.
You shouldn’t drive with a bad throttle controller—it’s both dangerous and bad for your vehicle.
If you think you have a failing throttle controller, take your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible.
You can replace a throttle controller at home, but in most cases, it’s best to let a professional handle the replacement.

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John Davis
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John Davis is an expert automotive writer and former automotive mechanic. John's work spans multiple categories, and he relishes the opportunity to research a new subject and expand his area of expertise and industry knowledge. To date, John has written more than 200 articles covering car maintenance and care, car advice, how-to guides, and more.
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