Ford Windstar 1999-2003

Throttle Position Sensor



The TP sensor is a potentiometer that provides a signal to the PCM that is directly proportional to the throttle plate position. The TP sensor is mounted on the side of the throttle body and is connected to the throttle plate shaft. The TP sensor monitors throttle plate movement and position, and transmits an appropriate electrical signal to the PCM. These signals are used by the PCM to adjust the air/fuel mixture, spark timing and EGR operation according to engine load at idle, part throttle, or full throttle. The TP sensor is not adjustable.


  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Disconnect the wiring harness from the sensor.
  5. Check resistance between terminals TP (br/w wire) and the VREF (gy/w wire), on the TP sensor.
    Do not measure the wiring harness connector terminals, rather the terminals on the sensor itself.

  7. Slowly rotate the throttle shaft and monitor the ohmmeter for a continuous, steady change in resistance. Any sudden jumps, or irregularities (such as jumping back and forth) in resistance indicates a malfunctioning sensor.
  9. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
  11. Turn the ignition switch ON and using the DVOM on voltmeter function, measure the voltage between terminals 89 and 90 of the breakout box. The specification is 0.9 volts.
  13. If the voltage is outside the standard value or if it does not change smoothly, inspect the circuit wiring and/or replace the TP sensor.