Your car is equipped with numerous sensors to help it function more intelligently. Thanks to these sensors, your car is more than just a car-it's a reliable computer. But when one of these systems fails, you can expect your car to malfunction as if it was stroked down by an undetected computer virus. One of the sensors prone to this kind of damage is your accelerate pedal position sensor. This part is responsible for controlling the flow of fuel into the engine. So if you don't want your engine to jerk, stall, or suddenly speed out of control, always choose the right APPS for your car's system.
Purchase only OEM parts
For a part that is as sensitive as your APPS, it is important that it should work exactly as your old one. This means that when choosing the right sensor, OEM parts are still your best bet. This ensures that it maintains the same precision and specific installed outputs that your car was manufactured with. Although aftermarket parts offer greater variety and more technological advancements, it might not give you the same level of quality as your old one and could cause your car to fluctuate in terms of overall performance. Just remember that all aftermarket parts are not created equal and not all are compatible with your system. Always choose OEM parts to make sure your car runs as smoothly as the day you bought it.
Go for an assembly rather than purchasing the individual part
Although this may depend on your budget, it is still best to purchase completed assembly rather than individual parts. An APPS is very sensitive when it comes to the voltage fed to it. Purchasing the entire assembly assures you that every part will work perfectly with the other parts of the system since it was made together. Although individual parts advertising a direct fit may offer some kind of assurance when it comes to compatibility, it is not always the case. The varying specs of different APPS can cause problems if you don't pick the right one. If your new APPS and your entire acceleration pedal have discrepancies, it can result to shorts and a decrease service lifetime of the part.
Be sure to check for warranties
An APPS is composed of many different electrical components. It is not a simple plug and play part that can be repaired easily, especially if the damage is more technical. So as a rule of thumb, you should always get an APPS that comes with a warranty. The standard warranty for this part is up to three years or 36,000 miles. So before purchasing a new one, always remember to read the fine print of your warranty coverage. Make sure that you don't get anything less than the standard coverage and watch out for different kinds of exclusions in the contract. If ever you're doubtful of the coverage, don't settle on the terms and research for other dealers/shop with better warranties.