Figure 4-40. - Antidieseling solenoid operation.
Without the throttle return dashpot, the engine could stall when the engine quickly returned to idle. The drag of the automatic transmission could kill the engine.
The throttle return dashpot works something like a shock absorber. It uses a spring-loaded diaphragm mounted in a sealed housing. A small hole is drilledinto the diaphragm housing to prevent rapid movement of the dashpot plunger and diaphragm. Air must bleed out of the hole slowly.
Figure 4-41. - Throttle return dashpot
When the vehicle is traveling down the road (throttle plates open), the spring pushes the dashpot plunger forward. When the engine returns to idle, the throttle lever strikes the extended dashpot plunger, and air leaks out of the throttle return dashpot, returning the engine slowly to curb idle. This action gives the automatic transmission enough time to disconnect (torque converter releases) from the engine without the engine stalling. 4-29Continue Reading