P1121 LAND-ROVER - Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor Range/ Performance Problem
- Faulty Accelerator Pedal Position (APP) Sensor
- APP Sensor harness is open or shorted
- APP Sensor circuit poor electrical connection
- Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
- No throttle response
P1121 LAND-ROVER Description
The sensor has a spigot which protrudes into the housing and provides the pivot point for the pedal mechanism. The spigot has a slot which allows for a pin, which is attached to the sensor potentiometers, to rotate through approximately 90°, which relates to pedal movement. The pedal is connected via a link to a drum, which engages with the sensor pin, changing the linear movement of the pedal into rotary movement of the drum. The drum has two steel cables attached to it. The cables are secured to two tension springs which are secured in the opposite end of the housing. The springs provide 'feel' on the pedal movement and require an effort from the driver similar to that of a cable controlled throttle. A detente mechanism is located at the forward end of the housing and is operated by a ball located on the drum. At near maximum throttle pedal movement, the ball contacts the detente mechanism. A spring in the mechanism is compressed and gives the driver the feeling of depressing a 'kickdown' switch when full pedal travel is achieved.
The APP sensor has two potentiometer tracks which each receive a 5V input voltage from the ECM. Track 1 provides an output of 0.5V with the pedal at rest and 2.0V at 100% full throttle. Track 2 provides an output of 0.5V with the pedal at rest and 4.5V at 100% full throttle. The signals from the two tracks are used by the ECM to determine fuelling for engine operation and also by the ECM and the EAT ECU to initiate a kickdown request for the automatic transmission.
The ECM monitors the outputs from each of the potentiometer tracks and can determine the position, rate of change and direction of movement of the throttle pedal. The 'closed throttle' position signal is used by the ECM to initiate idle speed control and also overrun fuel cut-off.
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