Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: On interstate, engine died, idled, no power

asked by on

Without warning, while driving 65 mph on the interstate, the engine died to idle speed and no power. Without power and rapid deceleration, it was extremely difficult crossing 3 lanes of speeding traffic! The check engine light came on and the code P2135 - throttle position switch failed. That caused P2106 and P1295 (limp home mode). When researching I found that this is a common problem with my make/model. There are TPS throttle position sensor repair options. It replaces the defective tps and a reflash of the ECM. I would want it claimed as a recall. It’s a potentially deadly problem! Are you familiar with this tps information and can you advise me about it and how to get this problem fixed?

A: Hello there, The TPS can be a serious issue...

Hello there, The TPS can be a serious issue if the car dies like it did. I would not recommend driving the vehicle until repairs have been performed. There is no recall for this fault though there is a technical service bulletin (TSB). Technical service bulletins differ from recalls as these are put out by KIA as advice on how to repair a fault that is a well known issue, versus a recall which is done through NHTSA or the manufacture itself where the manufacturer agrees to replace all parts due to safety.

The TSB for this vehicle is number 044 and it specifically mentions the TPS replacement and ECU reflash with the P2135 code. Given that this is what the TSB states, the best advice I can give is to follow the bulletin.

If you need assistance with this, seek help from qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic. They will be able to diagnose your Check Engine Light and perform any repairs required.

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: Car won't start

Hello. It is possible that the ignition switch is causing the truck not to start. However, there are other possibilities for this problem. An issue with the battery, fuel system, spark plugs or spark plug wires, coil packs, or distributer...

Q: Dashoard lights on, loss of engine power

Hello. We will be happy to assist you with your 2010 Nissan Cube. The problem you are describing could be the result of a faulty alternator. The alternator supplies the proper amount of power to the ABS system, the VDC...

Q: Sometimes when I shift my car's automatic transmission into Drive it stays in neutral. Reverse works and trans fluid is full.

It is very possible that you could have some internal transmission damage. I would recommend enlisting in the assistance of a qualified transmission professional to inspect your transmission for internal faults. I must warn that this could be a pricy...

Related articles

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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.