Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car in limp mode, check engine light on

asked by on

My car has been idling well. However, during driving it is always in the limp mode and I can't get it out of the mode. When I put the car into second gear, the dashboard starts showing the check engine light illuminated. I tried replacing the parts according to the troubleshooting guide but wasn't able to change this. What is causing it to be in the limp mode?

A: In this case you should have an experienced...

In this case you should have an experienced technician look at the vehicle. Limp mode is usually a term used for a vehicle with an automatic transmission which stays in second gear when certain faults arises. A certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, can retrieve the fault codes from the car to see exactly which systems are having trouble.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: When I turn on my car my gaugecluster backlights do not work.

This may be related to a short, a faulty gauge cluster or a faulty instrument cluster voltage regulator. The instrument voltage regulator regulates the voltage supplied to the various gauges in your vehicle’s dash. When this is not working properly,...

Q: low engine pressure/chk engine light

Hello, and thank you for writing in. There are two separate "low pressure" warning lights on the vehicle, the low oil pressure warning and the low tire pressure warning. It is safe to assume for now that you are speaking...

Q: My car's rear end slips

Hi there. Water in the rear end differential gear oil, would not make it slip. It could make a "limited slip" differential slip, contaminating the clutch packs in the carrier, resulting in only one wheel doing the work. Regardless, the...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...