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My engine management light is on and the car has gone into

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My engine management light is on and the car has gone into limp mode. When I start the car it runs reasonably fine until I engage Drive / Reverse / but in Park or neutral it seems ok. As soon as I engage Drive, the engine idles and then stalls. Please help?

Thank you.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vauxhall
Expert:  vauxdoc replied 3 years ago.
Welcome to Just Answer. This light comes on when the engine computer (ECU) detects a fault with one of its sensors or circuits.

When this happens it stores a fault code and then uses a back up program sometimes called limp mode, this is used to enable you to carry on with your journey or to enable you to get to a garage.

The fault may be relatively harmless or may lead to a breakdown or damage to the catalytic converter depending on which sensor or circuit is affected.

To be sure you need to take your car to a garage and have it put on a diagnostic computer to have the fault codes read, most good garages have the kit for this not just main dealers, you should phone around for a quote for a diagnostic test.

I hope this helps, best regards, Vauxdoc.

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