If you’re one of many frustrated drivers who experience long delays when it comes to putting the “pedal to the metal” then you may have heard about electronic throttle control. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Luckily, with advances in automobile technology, we’re able to solve our vehicle’s slow response with a small modification that’s super easy to install as well.
Electronic throttle control simply remaps your vehicle’s voltage signal to create a more precise throttle response that triggers the throttle earlier in the pedal push. So acceleration can begin as soon as you can get your foot on the gas, taking seconds off the throttle response and leaving you with less lag time. In addition, throttle control allows your car or truck to quickly adapt to your surroundings. It settings for a number of environmental challenges, such as terrain, load capacity, or even driving conditions.
As mentioned earlier, installation is a simple process. No need for mechanical training or special tools. For most cars and trucks, installing Launch Pad’s electronic throttle control only takes about 5 minutes.
How to Install Electronic Throttle Control
In order to begin installing you need the throttle control manual that should be included along with it. Also, the vehicle owner’s manual could come in handy as well.
Step 1: Disconnecting the battery
Disconnect the battery from the negative side. The negative terminal is the black one. (The red terminal is the positive side).
If you have an electronic key, put it at least 20 feet away so that it doesn’t send a signal while you are working. Don’t keep it in your pocket while you are installing the throttle controller.
Let your vehicle sit for at least 20 minutes. This makes sure that there are no currents still running. When it comes to electrocution, safer is always better.
Step 2: Unplug the accelerator pedal sensor
The accelerator pedal sensor sends a signal to the engine control when you press on or release the gas pedal.
When you look at the pedal, you’ll see wires coming out, those coming out of the accelerator pedal sensor.
Tug gently to unplug the sensor from the pedal.
Step 3: Plug in the Electronic Throttle Control
Now you can plug the electronic throttle control into the same outlet the sensor was plugged in. Then plug the sensor into the throttle control.
Tuck any wires behind the pedal so that you won’t accidentally catch them when you are driving. (Unplugging the sensor while you are driving would not be good). If the wires won’t stay put, use a cable tie to keep them from wandering.
It’s the same idea as removing a lamp plug from an outlet, plugging in an extension cord, then plugging the lamp into the extension cord.
It’s really that easy.
Step 4: Reconnect the battery
Undo what you did in Step 1. Reconnect the black terminal of the battery.
You didn’t need to disconnect both sides of the battery, but if you did then reconnect the positive side (red) first. Then reconnect the black.
Step 5: Always Test to Ensure Proper Installation
Download the app to your phone for Launch Pad electronic throttle control.
Turn on your phone’s Bluetooth connection, then turn on your engine. When the display screen appears, it will show a four-digit code. Verify the code on your phone, then you are ready to go!
Start testing out the different driving modes – You now have full control over your throttle!
Available for all vehicle makes and models, Launch Pad offers the best electronic throttle control out there for an affordable price.