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Old 09-26-2019, 07:45 PM
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Lost accelerator cable from throttle piece?

Sorry don't know the technical term for the black plastic piece on the throttle body that holds the cable. Wondering if anyone has a good pic or link of what it is supposed to look like, I can't get my intake pieces apart yet (can't find Torx 40) to be able to see it, can feel what I think is a broken plastic piece and can hold the end of the accelerator cable, but doesnt seem to want to stay in position so thinking the plastic may have broken while I was on highway and lost throttle response. Thanks, 2000 328i
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:55 PM
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I don't believe your car has a throttle cable, it's an Electronic Throttle Control (ETC), or, 'drive by wire'. Do you see a throttle cable dangling in the engine bay that isn't connected?
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yes I can grab it, so its the type with the ball on the end of the wire and I guess the design was that it would just sit in this little channel with very little plastic holding it in. I found a good story here: https://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sh....php?t=1070400
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yes I can grab it, so its the type with the ball on the end of the wire and I guess the design was that it would just sit in this little channel with very little plastic holding it in. I found a good story here: https://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sh....php?t=1070400
That link suggests that 323's and 328's have a throttle cable so I guess I learned something today.

Visit RealOEM.com and enter in the last 7 digits of your VIN for part numbers.
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That link suggests that 323's and 328's have a throttle cable so I guess I learned something today.



Visit RealOEM.com and enter in the last 7 digits of your VIN for part numbers.


The M52 engines use a throttle cable. The throttle by wire started with the M54 engines.
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So does anybody know what that black plastic piece is supposed to look like? Does the ball end of that cable just sit down in the channel?
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