- Published 10/03/2023
Limp Home Mode: What it is and How to Avoid It
“Limp Home Mode” is a feature that many modern cars have, and it can be an absolute lifesaver in certain situations. But what exactly is Limp Home Mode, and why might you need it? Read on.
What Is Limp Home Mode?
Limp Home Mode (sometimes known as “Fail Safe” or “Emergency Running Mode”) is a safety feature available on many vehicles. In short, when your car detects a problem with its engine or gearbox, it automatically reduces power output to ensure the driver can still get safely home or to a service station. This mode prevents the vehicle from being damaged further by allowing only enough power for the essential operation of the car.
How Does Limp Home Mode Work?
When your vehicle enters Limp Home Mode, your check engine light and/or the gearbox warning light will usually come on. This indicates that your car’s computer has detected an issue and has determined that there is a potential danger if you continue driving at full power. In order to keep you safe, your car will enter Limp Home Mode and limit its speed and power output until you can get it serviced by a qualified mechanic.
How Can You Avoid Entering Limp Home Mode?
The best way to avoid entering Limp Home Mode is to take good care of your vehicle by following regular maintenance schedules and having any issues addressed promptly by a qualified mechanic. If you take care of your car correctly, chances are high that you won’t have any problems that would cause your car to enter Limp Home mode in the first place! This is especially important with older vehicles: Keeping them maintained will preserve their usable life.
Limp home mode is designed to protect your vehicle from inucurring further damage and maximise your safety so it’s a valuable feature of any car. However, it is always best practice to take good care of your car so that such an event does not occur in the first place by ensuring it is regularly maintained.
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