Citroën c2 cool, reg 2008 losing power, intermittently, very annoying or at times risky. Car was crashed but bought newly repaired. Possible cause throttle switch indicator fault? Air hose leak? Airflow meter fault? 2 mechanics have failed to fix problem
I get 'eng man system' on display when car loses power
car runs on petrol
tried new fuel pump also brake switch kit but problem persists
most often when engine cold..
On any car if you get a check engine light or other fault light this typically means one or more of the sensors has failed or has a faulty connection.
The fault can be something quite simple and nothing that’s going to stop the car to something quite major that will reduce engine power and possibly stop the engine
The ECU senses this and may put the car into 'limp home' mode which typically limits the revs and the amount of power available. Usually the car is safe to drive for a short distance as the mode is intended is intended to get you home without incurring any engine damage
The quickest route to repair is to have the car plugged into a diagnostic machine which will read off the fault code stored in the ECU (providing the light is still on at this point) and indicate which sensor has failed or whether the fault is more serious.
You can do a very rough and ready check yourself by unplugging sensors one at a time and seeing if any of them change the driving condition which would indicate the most recently unplugged sensor is the faulty one. This method is not foolproof though and reading a fault code off is the better method.
from your description this sounds like an electrical actuator or sensor at fault .Usually when you can cycle the ignition key on / off and then restart the engine and the fault is gone temporarily this indicates that this is an electrical component causing this issue.
This could be a wiring issue as things tend to expand when hot and its possible a poor or partial electrical connection is being pushed apart on one of the major sensors so check the connection plug and wiring to the following;
Crank position sensor
Cam position sensor
Throttle position sensor
Also worth checking the connections to the fuel pump for the same reason - unplug each in turn and give them a good squirt of switch / contact cleaner - Not WD40
and also unplug and inspect the main power relays and fuses for signs of overheating or corroded terminals - so the ones for the ECU and the fuel pump
And also unplug the wiring loom connections in the engine bay one at time and inspect for corroded or recessed pins.
I'll show this to a mechanic, thanks mate!