What's inside the 4AGE 16V TPS ??

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What's inside the 4AGE 16V TPS ??

Postby jondee86 » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:58 pm

This is a question that I'm sure many people have asked themselves. But not
having a spare TPS to pull apart, most are destined to live out their lives without
ever achieving black-belt level in TPS knowledge. Never fear... help is at hand :)

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This is the throttlebody side of the TPS... what you see when you take it off.

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This is the other side with the plastic cover removed.

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The metal "wipers" that rotate with the throttle and run on the carbon tracks.

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And the carbon tracks that complete the circuits and provide resistance.

This particular TPS (89452-12050) came from an AE82 if I remember correctly, but
it is of the same era as the AW11 and AE86, so should be near enough the same. It
is not designed to be opened so therefore should be considered non-repairable. The
clips that hold the back cover on have to be broken to get the cover off. Under the
cover is a thin rubber diaphragm/sealing gasket, and below that the white board for
the carbon tracks. The board is gripped by clips that are part of the TPS output pins.

Cheers... jondee86
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Re: What's inside the 4AGE 16V TPS ??

Postby Sprite » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:36 am

Interesting, I have wondered what was in there. I also wonder what makes one different from another for various engines. Is it simply the bolt and throttle fitting? And when they go bad is it just wear of the wiper tracks? They seem to cost more than they should. Anyway thanks for getting us to black-belt TPS level.
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Re: What's inside the 4AGE 16V TPS ??

Postby jondee86 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:19 pm

Toyota often use the same component under different part numbers on several
models. I see this particular TPS is also suited to certain Lexus cars as well as AW11
and Corollas. It is a key component in your car driving well, so it needs to be a
quality item. And the dealership network has to keep inventory available for the
expected lifetime of the vehicle (about 20 years IIRC), so they are gonna cost :(

But these days you can usually find a China made version on Ebay for cheap, or
grab a second hand one from somewhere, so no need to pay dealership prices if
you are on a budget.

While virtually all older TPS's have the same basic design, each car manufacturer
will have variations in housing design, plug, orientation with the throttle spindle,
resistance values etc. This helps to avoid installing the wrong TPS for the engine.
A late model TPS will usually have three pins instead of four (no IDL switch).

Because the TPS spends most of its life at the low throttle openings, the tracks
tend to wear out near the start of its sweep. They don't like water inside them
either. But apart from that they are a pretty reliable item and should be good for
200k plus miles of normal driving.

Cheers... jondee86
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