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News   June 6, 2011   by CARS Magazine

Airtex Non-contact Throttle Position Sensor Solves Common Wear, Performance Issues

Airtex Engine Management has introduced a line of advanced non-contact-design throttle position sensors that eliminate the premature wear and common drivability issues experienced with conventional sensor technology on many automotive...


Airtex Engine Management has introduced a line of advanced non-contact-design throttle position sensors that eliminate the premature wear and common drivability issues experienced with conventional sensor technology on many automotive models. The new Airtex throttle position sensors are now available for an array of mid-1980s through 2007 Dodge, Ford, General Motors and Mazda applications.   Conventional original equipment and replacement throttle position sensors feature metal contact “fingers” that sweep across a printed resistor board. Repetitive motion and vehicle vibration can cause these fingers to wear holes in the board, causing engine hesitation and other potential drivability issues.   The new Airtex sensors utilize advanced Hall Effect integrated circuitry that eliminates wear-intensive contact with the circuit board. This technology until now has not been widely available in the aftermarket, in spite of its significant advantages over conventional throttle position sensor designs.   “It’s rare that a manufacturer would upgrade its technology across such a wide range of applications and model years, but our non-contact-design sensors help Airtex customers provide a higher quality, longer lasting repair,” said Glen Eichhorn, vice-president, electronics, Airtex Engine Management. “This ‘better-than-OE’ engineering philosophy is a leading reason why professional technicians and do-it-yourselfers prefer Airtex products over other brands.”

Airtex Engine Management is one of the world’s leading brands of replacement sensors and other vehicle electronics. Unlike many other suppliers, Airtex specializes in identifying problematic applications that demand the latest and most reliable technologies.  These “Airtex Advantage” solutions include throttle position, DPFE, cam, EGR position, and ABS wheel speed sensors that correct for OE design failures to provide significantly improved performance and reliability.