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Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies #4115167 06/04/16 04:39 PM
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I've always had a hard time with how unresponsive electronic GM throttle bodies are. Well, at least the older ones. And I'm a GM guy! The ones I have driven have no power off the line, It's like they fall flat on their face. From a stop if you floor it, it slowly creeps up the RPMs but once they get moving they have plenty of power, no complaints there. So 20mph+ if you stomp on the gas they'll move down the road in a hurry. The cars that have done this to me are: 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LTZ (4.2), 2-2003 Chevy Silverados (5.3), 2005 Chevy Tahoe (5.3), and a 2006 Isuzu Ascender (4.2). On any of these vehicles, they won't even chirp the tires when taking off at all, and traction control isn't even kicking in.

I've towed trailers with the Trailblazer & the Ascender, and while the Trailblazer had MUCH more power towing (3.73 gears, probably higher gears in the Ascender), they both have no power off the line, but do just fine once moving.

My comparison to this is my previous 1996 Chevy C1500 Silverado 5.7L, which would lay down 2 black stripes that were probably close to 15 feet long. It always had power right off the line (it had an actual throttle cable).

It makes it really annoying driving in the mountains too because when giving it a little more gas, sometimes they'll just hop down to 2nd gear and scream up the mountain, it's too hard to "feel" when it's going to shift. So what's up with it?


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Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Nick1994] #4115182 06/04/16 04:51 PM
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If you delivered full available torque to that 4L60 (minimal tip-in management), what do you think would happen to durability?


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Originally Posted By: Ramblejam
If you delivered full available torque to that 4L60 (tip-in management), what do you think would happen to durability?

Sometimes when pulling out onto a highway it's nice to be able to actually move, especially when other cars are coming. Also especially when there's a trailer behind you.


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Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Nick1994] #4115185 06/04/16 04:54 PM
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If you delivered full available torque to that 4L60 (tip-in management), what do you think would happen to durability?

Sometimes when pulling out onto a highway it's nice to be able to actually move, especially when other cars are coming. Also especially when there's a trailer behind you.


If it bothers you to that degree, get the thing tuned.

Both brake torque limit, and ETC tip-in limit can be modified to your tastes.

Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Nick1994] #4115275 06/04/16 06:42 PM
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THIS! I have had this issue as well, and is still my biggest complaint with GM vehicles. It only gets worse with the transmission tuning. The Pontiac has these issues, and my Camry is the exact opposite. Just imagine it with these new turbo engines.


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Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Nick1994] #4115276 06/04/16 06:44 PM
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My son lives in Phoenix and has all of his cars 'tuned" by various shops.

My 2008 Trailblazer with the 5.3L V8 will lay down 2 black stripes and it has 118,000 miles on it. It has had NO chipping or software mods.


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Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Nick1994] #4115351 06/04/16 08:02 PM
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My rental is a 2016 Impala with a 3.6L and the throttle body is really weird. The Fords I have driven with them and my Volvo did not have any issues whatsoever with throttle response.


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Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Nick1994] #4115372 06/04/16 08:25 PM
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I still remember a midsize pontiac (G3?) I rented that did this to me. 0-25 was a prayer then it would perk up and then perk up again at 45+.

I can imagine fooling some really stupid people on test drives who think the top 20% of the pedal gives them so much 50-75 passing power, only to find it was all an illusion.

On the flipside my electric throttle HHR makes some nice snappy shifts with power cuts in the right milliseconds. As an end-of-life car user I like the idea of anti-abuse programming forced upon previous owners. wink

Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Ramblejam] #4115375 06/04/16 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted By: Ramblejam
If you delivered full available torque to that 4L60 (minimal tip-in management), what do you think would happen to durability?



Off the line in 1st gear...Probably nothing, 1-2 shift also. Though ALL torque is routed through the Forward Sprag that is known to "Wad" up.
The 2-3 shift & any Downshift from 3rd or 4th to 1st or 2nd at full tilt really needs Torque Management for the 3-4 Clutches to live.

I do agree with you, Most folks do not understand the massive Torque Rise available right off idle, And a "Bad" tune can hurt the transmission. A good tuner can give you better drivability buy modifying the TM tables & allowing the trans to live, Some just turn the TM off.....Not good.


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Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Nick1994] #4115415 06/04/16 09:53 PM
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I guess I'm lucky I was on the tail end for cable driven throttle bodies since my 02 Silverado 5.3L has a TB cable. Throttle response is wonderful off the bat, until its conservative gear shifting programming kills the fun.

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Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Nick1994] #4115418 06/04/16 09:58 PM
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In a drive-by-wire system, I think it may have to do with the programming in the ecu, or how linear the signal from throttle actually is. It is pretty common for potentiometers to not be nice and even in resistance, especially in a automotive environment. Most systems are running 2 pots, and averaging the signal controlling the throttle plate. As they drift, so does the throttle position.

They are not quite as predictable as a cable.


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Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Nick1994] #4115425 06/04/16 10:11 PM
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Just an FYI, most "throttle by wire" throttle bodies can actually move the throttle plate very quickly. It is the programming that is problematic.


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Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Ramblejam] #4115428 06/04/16 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted By: Ramblejam
If you delivered full available torque to that 4L60 (minimal tip-in management), what do you think would happen to durability?



This is exactly the reason, and it can all be mitigated with aftermarket tuning. All the Toyotas I have driven were the worst for this.


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Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Nick1994] #4115435 06/04/16 10:28 PM
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WTLY

Nothing a few keystrokes with trusty EFILive and/or HPTuners software can't workaround.
I'm no computer guy but it's easy (and fun!) even for luddites. smile

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Re: Unresponsiveness of GM Electronic Throttle Bodies [Re: Nick1994] #4115448 06/04/16 10:51 PM
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I noticed the throttle response difference between the Yukon and Trailblazer. The Yukon feels so much more responsive. Just goes to show you the software makes a ton of difference.

A tune would fix that easy. PCMofNC does tunes for a good price and you can pick the shift firmness as well and everything else you want.

Also anyone with a 4L60E, for better 1-2 shifts the vette servo mod is awesome.


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