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My wife's 2008 V6 G8 has experienced random bouts of going into safety mode for at least two years. Wasn't that bad at first. Would only usually happen in colder temps at first, but started happening a lot more frequently. Usually could restart, sometimes a few times, but then it would be fine. Hadn't done it in a few months until a week ago on Saturday night.

Went into safety mode, started sputtering at high idle but barely accelerating and hard to even work up to 30mph and no amount of restarts did a thing. Was the only car at the time, so we had to drive it like that a bit on the weekend and then to and from work Monday and Tuesday. It was very dangerous, would not suggest it.

Seen some other people had luck cleaning the throttle body. Not me. Got to the point it wouldn't even stay running, and even if it did, it was choppy, inconsistent, almost stalling, and high idle. Safety mode instantly came on with every start and would not turn off. Had a friend come over and check the codes and was getting:

P2119 - Electric throttle control actuator not functioning properly due to return spring malfunction or ECM detects throttle valve stuck open

P2176 - ECM detects TBA/motor has failed to learn correct position for butterfly valve.

P2101 - ECM detects TAC went out of range for circuit causing open circuit detected in TAC motor

P2100 - TAC/motor circuit open detected by ECM

P0700 - PCM detects malfunction in TCM

P2544- malfunction with signal input in PCM or related control module.

First thing I did aside from cleaning up the TB was replace the TBS (easy, 6 clips, right in front off TB, $48 at AZ.) She will stay running now, but is just as rough and inconsistent as ever. Not sure if I have any other options I should tackle before having to come up with ~$180 for a new TB.

Any ideas? Could really use some other opinions. I really don't want to have to replace the whole TB, it still looks in good condition, wasn't even that bad when I cleaned it. Possibly it's the pedal sensor? But I am pretty sure that would spit another code.
 

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It pretty much reads that your TB has lost its ability to send the correct voltage signals back to the ECM from its 2 internal throttle blade position sensors. They show that the correct TB for your car is GM # 12615503 and or ACDelco # 217-350. Even Amazon sells that TB, an their price is $88. I really don't know if they sell individual parts for it. They say these things *are not* serviceable. But if you think you can break into it (without causing damage), maybe you can see if it can be serviced in any way.



There's always that possibility that the connector (with its wiring) at the TB could be contaminated in some way. You could at least disconnect *it*, to verify the overall condition of both the pins an sockets first (unless you already did that).
 

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I have checked the connections a bit and everything looked good to me. I figured I was gonna just have to replace the TB but when I was looking it up I could only find it for $150-180. I'll definitely have to check Amazon then. Ebay was like $160. Thank you for your input. Much appreciated.
 

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I do have a spare stock TB is you can find one.
 

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I have been told that one shouldn't manually open the butterfly on the TB when cleaning. Screws up the sensors. I know I'm guilty of it.
 

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I have been told that one shouldn't manually open the butterfly on the TB when cleaning. Screws up the sensors. I know I'm guilty of it.
I move mine often for cleaning and such. Doesnt hurt mine at all.
 

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I came across this tech bulliten from GM #14582A: Special Coverage Adjustment - Throttle Body - Reduced Power Mode
 

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I went through this issue about year ago I had a thread about a simular issue
 

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Sorry forgot to update on this! Found a new stock TB on Amazon for $50, replaced and started right up, no problem with safety mode since!
 

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Just throwing it out there the special policy is for both the sensor replacement or the complete throttle body replacement;special policy is for 10 years or 120,000 miles If it was me I would try to seek reimburstment,I doesn't hurt to try,If you get reimburst you could spend on a couple of case's of you favorite craft beer LOL :)
 

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Just throwing it out there the special policy is for both the sensor replacement or the complete throttle body replacement;special policy is for 10 years or 120,000 miles If it was me I would try to seek reimburstment,I doesn't hurt to try,If you get reimburst you could spend on a couple of case's of you favorite craft beer LOL
Will do! Thanks!
 
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