Maintaining the appropriate air-fuel ratio of your car's engine is the throttle body's job. When it breaks or gets damaged, your vehicle could malfunction due to the imbalance in the air-fuel ratio in the engine's combustion system. A few things must be considered when looking for a throttle body, such as compatibility, engine type, and budget.
Determine your car's make, model, name, and year. It greatly helps to know what your vehicle specifications are, since these will be your bases when testing any part's compatibility with your car. You can retrieve your vehicle's information from documents like the owner's manual or registration papers. Another way to find your car info is through your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
The throttle body is an engine component, which means that it's essential to identify your engine type when choosing a new throttle body. Looking for alternatives is made easy since automakers frequently manufacture the same engine for different models; and sometimes, even different brands. A Toyota and GM model, for example, could have identical engines, with the throttle body being the exact same part. The difference could be in the prices where one typically is cheaper than the other.
Getting a throttle body for your car depends on your allotted budget as well. Different manufacturers offer different prices for their throttle bodies. Below is a brief comparison of some throttle body brands and their prices.
- Bosch - A throttle body from Bosch is sold individually at the price of $183.95. It's covered by a flexible warranty option, with choices ranging from 1-year, 3-year, to lifetime warranty. It's not that expensive for a brand new throttle body, so, if you're after quality and brand prestige, then you might want to try Bosch.
- A1 Cardone - Unlike Bosch, A1 Cardone offers a remanufactured throttle body at the price of only $101.78. It's covered with a 1-year or 18000-mile limited warranty, which is reasonable for its condition. If you're looking for an affordable throttle body with decent quality, then A1 Cardone is definitely one of your choices.