I am driving a 2006 Chevy Aveo LS. The other day it shuddered a lot, and entered “limited power” mode and the engine light came on shortly after I turned the car on. The vehicle has been idling kinda rough for a few months now, but nothing too crazy. I took the car to Autozone and they told me that the error codes it gave them were:
About a month ago, the car did the exact same thing and gave error code P161b. The folks at Autozone said that I needed a new battery, so I dropped $220 on that... The car ran just fine after that, all the way up until a couple of days ago.
I looked at my throttle body, and it was pretty dirty and it wasn’t opening at all when the accelerator was pressed. I tried cleaning it with the recommended solvent, but I was having a hard time reaching in there and I didn’t have much time to really try to clean it properly. I’m going to try cleaning it properly soon, once I get the chance.
What else needs to be done here? I realize that without the throttle body functioning properly, the engine has no hope of getting enough oxygen to burn its fuel, and will therefore not work. I am super broke right now, and can not afford a new gasket if I were to remove the throttle body for cleaning.
Any advice would be muchly appreciated!