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Old 02-06-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default How Urgent is TPS replacement?

I've had my '98 SW2 for about 2 months and it seems that the TPS is failing, from what I've read here in the forums. A couple times the idle stayed high, ~1500 rpm, after driving ~45 minutes. The first time I tapped the accelerator and it went back to normal which was ~850rpm. I cleaned the TB (in place) and after that it has been idling at 800. about 6 weeks later, I had another episode of high idle, which did not go away with tapping the accelerator, but went away after turning the car off and restarting. Does this sound like a failing TPS? Can the TPS failure cause the car to be undrivable?

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Old 02-06-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: How Urgent is TPS replacement?

I drove around with my TPS randomly giving me issues for a couple of years. I don't think it really will cause much damage - it will just cause you to burn more oil and gas than it would if it idled normally. Since I didn't spend much time at traffic lights, I let it go for a while. Finally decided to spend the $50 and get it fixed since it is such an easy job. You should get OEM for this part.

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Old 02-06-2012, 03:45 PM   #3
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^+1 - Drove mine that way for a couple years also. With a manual trans, it is less of an issue since either the clutch is pressed or the car is in neutral when coming to a stop. On an autotragic, you might find yourself fighting to stop the car. It is an easy job with the right tools (torx bits and a 1/4 drive ratchet) and small hands. Got my replacement at Autozone and it has worked fine for a couple years now, but OEM is likely best.

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Old 02-06-2012, 03:47 PM   #4
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Default Re: How Urgent is TPS replacement?

how about the AC/delc0 part?

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Old 02-06-2012, 03:56 PM   #5
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how about the AC/delc0 part?
I believe most people think AC/Delco is OEM most of the time. You might want to do a search. Sometimes if you ask the guy behind the counter, they'll know if it is OEM or not.

Be careful when removing the screws - if you drop it, you might have a tough time finding it. Unscrew by hand once it gets loose.

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Old 02-06-2012, 03:59 PM   #6
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rock auto lists the Delphi as OE and it's like $55, the AC part is only $30

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Old 02-06-2012, 04:04 PM   #7
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rock auto lists the Delphi as OE and it's like $55, the AC part is only $30
List the part number and maybe someone else will let you know. For something like that I just go to the Chevy dealership (I paid about $55 for mine). I know some of you live in the sticks and ordering on-line is an easier option.

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