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What caused my 2013 Skoda Fabia to go into limp-home mode?

Asked by Stephen

My 2013 Skoda Fabia has gone into limp mode. What's the likely cause?

Answered by CarsGuide

18 Sep 2020 David Morley

Your situation may be caused any one (or more) of about a thousand faults that is making the car’s on-board computer think that there’s a major problem. In turn, the computer switches the engine to operate on minimal power to make it home without destroying or further damaging any component. A car’s limp-home mode system is triggered by a range of protocols that are acted upon whenever the car perceives a drama. Anything from low oil level to a hot transmission can cause the limp-home system to intervene, and it can be an actual fault or, sometimes, simply an erroneous signal from a sensor that isn’t telling the truth. Have the car scanned and see what error codes are produced.

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