The function of the throttle position sensor, aka TPS, is to supply information to the car's computer about the position of the car's throttle. It contains electro-mechanical moving parts which are prone to wear and tear, which eventually add to the cost of car repairs. Malfunctioning of a TPS can result in improper data being fed to the car's computer, which monitors engine performance, in respect to the fuel efficiency of the car. A damaged, malfunctioning TPS can cause variety of symptoms.
Symptoms of a Defective TPS:
Bucking/jerking of car
Idle surging of car
Sudden stalling of engine
Hesitation/Delay while trying to accelerate
Sudden surge in car's speed while driving on the highway