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

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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: Your 2008 Kia Amanti may have the failed TP...

Your 2008 Kia Amanti may have the failed TPS and a reprogram of the ECM, but as far as a recall, there is not one and you cannot just have it claimed as a recall unless there is one for your car. Have your vehicle checked to see if they are under a recall by calling and talking to the local dealer. When your system has a failed part, your throttle is designed to go to closed throttle and have limited acceleration. This is a safety precaution to keep the vehicle from accelerating out of control. To have the loss of power issue diagnosed in person, a certified mechanic from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to take a look at the car and make the needed repairs.

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