Passat Sedan V6-3.6L (BLV) (2008)
Electronic Throttle Actuator: Description and Operation
Electronic Engine Power Control
For EPC, the throttle valve is not operated by a cable from the accelerator pedal. There is no mechanical connection between the accelerator pedal and
the throttle valve.
The position of the accelerator pedal is communicated to engine control module (ECM) by the throttle position sensor / accelerator pedal position
sensor 2 (variable resistances; stored in one housing) that are connected with the accelerator pedal.
The accelerator pedal position (driver's intention) is a main input unit for the ECM.
Operation of the throttle valve occurs via an electric motor, the throttle drive for in the throttle valve control module. This is true across the entire
engine speed and engine load spectrum.
The throttle valve is operated by the EPC according to specifications of engine control module (ECM).
With engine off and ignition switched on, the ECM controls the throttle drive according to specifications of throttle position sensor / accelerator pedal
position sensor 2. This means, if the accelerator pedal is pressed half way, the throttle drive opens the throttle valve to the same degree; i.e. throttle
valve is then opened approximately half way.
With engine running under load, ECM can open or close the throttle valve independently of the throttle position sensor / accelerator pedal position
This means, for example, that the throttle valve could be fully opened even though the accelerator pedal has only been pressed half way. This has the
advantage of preventing torque losses at the throttle valve.
In addition, it results in a significant reduction in emissions and fuel consumption under certain load conditions.
It would be incorrect to think that EPC consists of only one or two components. EPC is much more of a system containing all components that
contribute to recognizing, controlling and monitoring the position of the throttle valve.