Car not starting and ETC light came on

Asked by Sep 29, 2018 at 10:10 AM about the 2014 Dodge Avenger SE FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Car has been parked outside in the heat (between 90 to 115 degrees daily) and
has not been driven around for 4-5 weeks (maybe longer). Car does not start
and ETC light came on. What is the problem and solution?

3 Answers

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Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) unit does what it says, and combined with the Accelerator Pedal Position (APP) sensor, actually runs your car; YOU DON"T; your foot just sends a request for accelerator movement, but the computer really makes the decisions depending on conditions it perceives. I suspect that your ETC has been compromised by long term heat and, probably, the condition of the fuel it assesses as being no longer acceptable for the engine. Go to a dealer or auto parts store and have the codes associated with the light read. That will tell you what to do. ECT or throttle body, or related equipment, might need to be replaced or repaired.

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Thank you! Your answer was very helpful. Since the car cannot start, will a battery jump be helpful or harmful? -- I would like to take it to the dealership shop (unfortunately)

76,355

Answering your email, a jump start would be OK if done right. But I'm not sure that would start this car. A tow or a push might be advisable.

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