Limp Mode

What does it mean when your car goes into Limp Mode?
In this day in age, most systems in your vehicle are controlled by computers. Limp Mode or sometimes called Fail Conditions comes into play when the vehicle computer has detected a problem with one of the major systems within its logic.

A reading from a sensor, and the computer knows that the readings are outside of the correct ranges. The module can’t process the correct outputs based on the data it has. When this happens the vehicle’s computer will create a trouble code and turn on a check engine or other malfunction indicator light.

Symptoms of Limp Mode

  • None or slow acceleration
  • The intake could be blocked with carbon
  • Speed is restricted
  • Sticking turbo vanes or actuator
  • Exhaust leak could cause the car to enter Limp Mode

Moving the car to a safe place
The whole idea of Limp Mode was designed to allow the driver of the vehicle to move the car to a safe place, off a busy road or onto the hard shoulder on a motorway. In some cases the car is still available to drive, although maybe not to the full potential. Allowing you to drive the vehicle home or back to a local garage for a diagnosis.

Next Step
If your car has entered Limp Mode, when you have arrived at a safe place you may be able to shut down the vehicle, waiting a few minutes before starting the vehicle up again. In some cases, this resets the electronic controls, restoring the data. Although the car may run like normal it is still advised to get your vehicle checked out by a local mechanic for a check as the original fault may not of disappeared. If the vehicle does not reset, you will need to take the vehicle to a local mechanic for a complete test and diagnosis.