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    Thread: Cost of Throttle Body Alignment

    1. 04-11-2010 06:58 PM #1
      Hey all,

      I recently cleaned my throttle body and intake manifold and i wish i had read up earlier because now the engine starts and runs fine but once it starts to warm up it slowly dies and finally stalls, I've been reading and I was wondering since I don't have a vag com if anyone has an idea what the dealership would charge for a throttle body alignment?

      its a mk3 jetta with an OBD-1 2.0l


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      04-11-2010 07:28 PM #2
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      04-11-2010 08:09 PM #3
      Umm as far as i know taking those off and cleaning them is not going to require you to get a throttle body alignment.
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      04-11-2010 08:19 PM #4
      I think you are referring to "zeroing" the throttle body. As in resetting all the throttle body parameters/settings.

      Unhook the battery cables, touch the cables together for 1 min. Hook them back up, turn the key on, but don't start it. You should hear some buzzing or ticking, wait a few mins. Turn it off, and restart it. See if that helps.

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      04-11-2010 08:54 PM #5
      How do you do that if your positive and negative cables dont reach?

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      04-11-2010 08:59 PM #6
      remove battery

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      04-11-2010 09:09 PM #7
      and then what smart one you dont think I tried that one already

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      04-11-2010 09:22 PM #8
      OBD-1 = no throttle body alignment

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      04-11-2010 09:42 PM #9
      i have a obd 2

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      04-11-2010 10:04 PM #10
      Obtain a piece of scrap wire, at least 2 ft long, and strip 1/4 inch of insulation off each end. Then touch the exposed copper wires to each battery terminal for said amount of time.

      If you don't have any wire, just use a coat hanger, just make sure you scrape off the varnish/lamination on the wire first.

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      04-11-2010 10:25 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by axel618 »
      its a mk3 jetta with an OBD-1 2.0l

      I was talking to the OP


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      04-11-2010 11:28 PM #12
      Any reason why it has to be 2 ft long?

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      04-11-2010 11:41 PM #13
      congrats on the thread jack
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      04-12-2010 12:19 AM #14
      I used a socket wrench
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      04-12-2010 04:19 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by golfer97 »
      Any reason why it has to be 2 ft long?

      OK seriously? No it doesn't have to be two feet long, just long enough to reach. I'm trying to be nice here, if you can't figure out how to jump out a wire, and not have the common sense to just grab something made of metal to bridge the gap amazes me. And stop thread jacking.

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      04-12-2010 08:39 AM #16
      hey axel if your car is a 95 then it is OBD1 and there is no electronic adjustment for the TB. mid 96 and later have the TB that needs adjustment. look at your intake, and check to see if you have a small silver canister connected to a small black plastic canister. that is your idle valve. check to see if it is stuck. as a quick fix, you can revome the dashpot (round spring thing to slow the closing of your throttle) and loosen the idle screw nut. turn the screw in untill your idle reaches 1200-1400. tighten screw and install dashpot. this will give you a high idle when cold but help keep you running when warm untill you can find the prob.
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      04-12-2010 12:53 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by VDUBIN »
      hey axel if your car is a 95 then it is OBD1 and there is no electronic adjustment for the TB. mid 96 and later have the TB that needs adjustment

      Incorrect info, I have a '94 and my TB needed adjustment, just as I described above.

      Correct about the OBD statement.

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      04-13-2010 09:13 AM #18
      Quote, originally posted by Sallad »

      Incorrect info, I have a '94 and my TB needed adjustment, just as I described above.

      Correct about the OBD statement.

      either your car is different as it was canadian and had different govt regs or your motor/ecu were swapped to a newer version. but here is the us, we did not get an electronic throttlebody untill mid year 96. early 96 motors had OBD2 diags but still came with OBD1 engines and IAC/TB combo. later 96 engines had OBD2 diags and the electroninc throtlebody with the idle compensator built in.

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      04-13-2010 12:14 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by Sallad »
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      Unhook the battery cables, touch the cables together for 1 min..

      unneeded....just unhook them for a min.


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      04-13-2010 12:40 PM #20
      Yes my car was a Canadian 1.8 Mono-Motronic, so I guess it was different. Weird.

      I was told the touching of the cables allows the memory in the ECU to clear. Sort of like discharging a capacitor.

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      04-13-2010 01:37 PM #21
      just unhook the battery cables, then press the brake pedal for a couple seconds. does the same thing.
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      04-13-2010 01:43 PM #22
      This thread will end in car fire. Mark my words.
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      04-13-2010 01:58 PM #23
      that's exactly why i was suggesting something other then touching the battery terminals together. the next thread posted up will be "help, i jumped my battery terminals together & fried my entire electrical system, what do i do?"
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      04-13-2010 02:02 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by beyondkustom »
      that's exactly why i was suggesting something other then touching the battery terminals together. the next thread posted up will be "help, i jumped my battery terminals together & fried my entire electrical system, what do i do?"

      The battery is disconnected.

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