Q: My 2001 Tacoma will drive fine for about 20 minutes and then I can’t go over 20 mph, meanwhile the rpm will go up and down as I pr

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After about 20 min. of normal driving my vehicle won’t go over 20 mph but the rpms still go up and down as I press and depress the gas pedal.

My car has 138000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello Wesley. Thanks for contacting us today. It is quite likely that your Tacoma is stuck in what’s referred to as a Limp Mode. This happens when the ECU detects a fault within the driveline and limits the speed of the vehicle to allow the owner to drive to a service facility to be inspected. In most cases, it’s due to a speed sensor fault or other major transmission component failure. I’d recommend having a professional mechanic download any stored codes to help diagnose this issue. However, in most cases, a visit to a Toyota Dealership is the typical end result.

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