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What is a limp mode?


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2007-08-13 23:22:55
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Your engine management and maybe even your transmission is controlled by the ECU. As you know, all computers crash, all software has bugs, and mechanical equipment fails. As such, many ECU units are fitted with a 'limp home mode'. When it detects that something semi-serious is wrong, it enters the limp mode, which means that the engine won't rev beyond a pre-programmed speed, you can't accelerate very fast, or you may indeed be speed-restricted to 40 mph or similar. The transmission may even stay in one or two gears. Bad? Well, no, not really: The alternative would be to either let you drive at regular speeds, with the danger of letting you trash your car (expensive repair, means happy repair people, but angry driver), or stopping you from going anywhere (expensive recovery and stranded on the side of the road means happy recovery company, but angry driver). what is a limp



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Most VW's only go into limp mode if there is a very serious problem. Limp mode is there to protect the engine, not to be an inconvenience. To disable limp mode would be to allow the engine to self destruct.

Limp mode or (limp-in mode or limp-home mode)occurs when your computer in your car is not communicating with the sensors on your engine. On some cars(volkswagon Passat for example) If you disconnect the battery then the computer will lose all of the settings and will go into limp-in mode. The car will have little power and a top speed of only about 30 miles per hour. The function of limp-in mode is to get you to a place that can repair the car but the car is barely driveable.

You have to repair the cause of the code that put it in limp mode.

is limp mode is when you put the car on donks or on 3 wheels using hydrolics

fix the problom that put it in limp home mode then reset the computer

You have to fix the problem that caused the trouble codes that put it in limp mode.

enables limp home without damaging the engine.

You have to repair the malfunction that is setting the code that has put the computer in limp mode.

It goes into limp mode when the computer detects a problem and sets a code. Have it checked for codes.

It would depend greatly as to why it went into limp mode. It would have to be diagnosted first before giving a price.

The computer won't release it from limp in mode until the underlying problem is fixed and the trouble code cleared.

I believe it's called "Limp Mode", not "Safe Mode". The Car doesn't want to shift, so it's like in 2nd gear all the time. That's "Limp Mode" or Limp Home Mode. -- It cost me 3,000.00 to find out the 50.00 processor was bad.

yes it can my 91 rodeo 3.1 v6 has that problem as we speak,tranny light flashing and in limp mode

Limp mode is what the car goes into if a major sensor( like a cam sensor) fails, the engine will run at reduced rpms and with power reduced.

You get a women to put her mouth on it and blow.

No. However, it can cause the car to run in "limp home" mode. No. However, it can cause the car to run in "limp home" mode.

Yes it could, it may be faulty hence giving the incorrect reading thus placing your vehicle in limp mode.

FMEM - Failure Mode Effects Management ( limp in for repair mode )

1st: Have the computer scanned to find out what problem has put it in limp in mode. 2nd: Repair the fault 3rd have the fault code cleared from the computer.

limp home mode is a fail safe mode on Mercedes vehicles which allows you to be able to drive a reasonable distance without necessarily damaging your engine. Most of the electronically operated parts driven by the MV belt can work on manual mode. while this is not ideal for performance it is meant to allow you to get the car to safety and a service station hence the phrase "limp home"

Take it to a transmission shop and have it repaired.

Repair the code deficiency and cancel the code.

The first step is to check the vehicle for trouble codes. That will tell you what failure the computer saw when it defaulted to limp mode. You can then diagnose and repair the failure.The first step is to check the vehicle for trouble codes. That will tell you what failure the computer saw when it defaulted to limp mode. You can then diagnose and repair the failure.

Your car is in limp mode. Limp mode is a safety mode your car goes into when you have a problem so you don't blow your engine. Its usually a distributor problem a map sensor or a timing belt problem.

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