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now 3 or 4 times this month. should i make a trip in now or can it wait another month til i go in for an oil change? thanks
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Do you know what caused it to come on?

I had mine come on after leaving my radio on for a few hours, then starting the Ram
WITH OUT first turning the key to the OFF position
I was told that doing this can cause the lightning bolt to come on, i drove it for a couple thousand miles after it did

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Take it to the dealer if it has not cleared when restarted.

7. Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) Light
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thanks, mine happens it seems when i slow down for a light, i usually take my foot off the gas and it goes away but there is no throttle power while it is on.
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I had this issue. I would start the truck, it would run fine for a while and then all of a sudden the lightning bolt would start flashing and the truck would go into limp mode. I tried checking connectors, replacing the accelerator pedel, cleaning the throttle body, nothing worked. I tried to pin down the conditions that made it happen and thought it was mostly when the weather was hot, and would happen every 3rd time I started the truck.

It eventually got worse to the point where it was dangerous to drive, so I brought it to the dealer. They first replaced the PCM under warrenty, that didn't solve the problem, so I brought it back...turns out there was a faulty wire in the wiring harness (I believe leading from the accelerator pedel to the PCM). They replaced the wire and it was as good as new. cost me about $700 though

I would say you really need to have a dealer look at this and do thier diagnostics. Otherwise you are just taking a shot in the dark, like I was.

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