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#417192 - 06/26/08 10:35 AM A funny thing happened...  
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on my way home with the boat in tow last week. Well, not that funny, since I thought I was going to get stuck going up the only hill in Peoria (45mph 4 lane city street with no useable shoulder)! shocked

My van just wouldn't accelerate. I pushed on the gas, let off, not much difference. Went up the hill at 25mph! The the "service engine soon" light lit up. It went out as I cleared the crest, but since Autozone is on the way home (and has a place for me to park the truck/boat) I stopped for a code read. Now on a 1990 Chevy Van it's not the same as today's OBDII, but the guy got a code 21 and we went inside and it was Throttle Position Sensor. Made sense. I bought one for $39 total.

I went to install it yesterday and was dreading it, cause the factory one has bolts that are spot welded from the bottom side, so you are supposed to remove the throttle body to get to it. Well, after getting the motor cover off (that wasn't too bad this time) I made an interesting discovery. I do not need a TPS after all.

Anyone want to guess what I saw/found? grin


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#417193 - 06/26/08 10:38 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: BillyB]  
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A sign that said Ya should've bought a Honda.

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#417194 - 06/26/08 10:38 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: BillyB]  
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Originally Posted By: BillyB
Anyone want to guess what I saw/found? grin


A Honda Ridgeline hiding under there? idn


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#417195 - 06/26/08 10:42 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: Waterdog]  
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#417196 - 06/26/08 10:44 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: Capn Morgan]  
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A grille that looks just like a Pilot?


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#417197 - 06/26/08 10:45 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: Philr]  
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Vermin?

#417198 - 06/26/08 10:45 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: jtheile]  
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Originally Posted By: jtheile
A sign that said Ya should've bought a Honda.


Yep, absolutely should have bought a Honda! funny

The weird thing is, that after I unhooked the boat that day, I drove the van, and it accelrated fine from a standstill. But if you gave it gas to make it downshift, it would just downshift but not pull hard at all.


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#417200 - 06/26/08 10:47 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: Rocnat4]  
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Originally Posted By: Rocnat4
Vermin?


Getting close. thumb (well, in my Monatana van's cabin air filter, i did find a dead mouse a year ago!)


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#417205 - 06/26/08 10:52 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: BillyB]  
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I was thinking maybe a broken motor mount, but the mouse comment makes me think I'm way off.

#417206 - 06/26/08 10:53 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: BillyB]  
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a cat or a squirell nest? (cats love warm engines....so it cuddnt be a honda)


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#417208 - 06/26/08 10:54 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: Knota_Kare]  
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Getting real close there Knota. As far as a warm engine, I hadn't started the van for at least 2 weeks prior to that day.


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#417211 - 06/26/08 11:00 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: BillyB]  
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Originally Posted By: BillyB
Originally Posted By: Rocnat4
Vermin?


Getting close. thumb (well, in my Monatana van's cabin air filter, i did find a dead mouse a year ago!)


Originally Posted By: Knota Kare
a cat or a squirell nest? (cats love warm engines....so it cuddnt be a honda)


A Honda engineer?


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#417217 - 06/26/08 11:15 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: Waterdog]  
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lol


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#417223 - 06/26/08 11:24 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: BillyB]  
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#417227 - 06/26/08 11:27 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: seadog]  
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#417229 - 06/26/08 11:28 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: seadog]  
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Originally Posted By: seadog
Your virginity?


You have to lose something in order to find it. grin


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#417232 - 06/26/08 11:30 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: seadog]  
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Originally Posted By: seadog
Your virginity?



funny rofl

Nah, that's in the back of an 88 Mustang GT! grin

No, I didn't find a carburetor. grin


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#417235 - 06/26/08 11:34 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: BillyB]  
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I didn't have my camera at the time, but I did save most of it in this plastic grocery bag:




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#417236 - 06/26/08 11:35 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: BillyB]  
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You didn't fall for the banana in your tailpipe?


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#417239 - 06/26/08 11:36 AM Re: A funny thing happened... [Re: captkevin]  
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Basically the other end kevin! (and the exhaust has a few hole well before the tailpipes, so the banana wouldn't work well


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