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    Question Is it safe to drive

    The last couple of days the car has felt underpowered under 2000 revs but i put this down to the cold weather and this must be what diesels do. Coming home from work today the spanner light comes on when i'm sitting in traffic, everything feels o.k so i turn it off and back on again, light goes out. drive for about 400 yards and stop again. Big cloud of smoke and back on with the light this time i pull onto the island and the turbo dosn't kick in leaving me chugging onto a busy roundabout then the light goes out and the wheels start spinning and alls well again. Any ideas as the dealer can't get me in till the 31st and i need to get to Manchester on saturday to fetch our new puppy.

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    possibly the EGR valve mate

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    That's very hard to tell matey. I could be a number of things to be honest.

    Safe to Drive?? - it's jumping into limp mode for a reason, so I'd say try to use another car. If your car is in warranty call out your recovery service and get recovered to a dealer. Vx will give you a hire car / courtesy car; if they don't, demand one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectrapogo View Post
    possibly the EGR valve mate
    Don't quite know what that is i've heard of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJA View Post
    That's very hard to tell matey. I could be a number of things to be honest.

    Safe to Drive?? - it's jumping into limp mode for a reason, so I'd say try to use another car. If your car is in warranty call out your recovery service and get recovered to a dealer. Vx will give you a hire car / courtesy car; if they don't, demand one.

    Is limp home mode causing the turbo to not spool up??

    This is my only car and i've got no breakdown assistance at the mo. Spoke to vx and they say nothing they can do till 31st

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    I think I'm right in saying that limp home mode just reduces the power. So the turbo will still spool it just won't be getting anywhere near full power. The mode also limits your revs too.

    If you still have manufacturers warranty insist on a courtesy car / hire car. They can't refuse you mate as limp home mode is exactly how it suggests. It's to get you home or to a dealer, and not to be driven long distance.

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    Well it's an 06 plate so still has 2 years warranty left but when i told them they didn't bat an eyelid just sai well it's booked in for the 31st so we'll see you then. It only did it in traffic though it's as though as soon as i got going it all cleared. Might ring another dealer tomorrow

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    In the mean time, get the tuning box off. Probably not the cause, but gives them one thing less to wriggle over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTi View Post
    In the mean time, get the tuning box off. Probably not the cause, but gives them one thing less to wriggle over.
    I'm gonna go and take that off just incase it goes wrong at the roadside

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    As above matey. It should go without saying, but it doesn't hurt to be reminded.

    Also get yourself some breakdown cover matey.

    (every CDTi driver should have breakdown cover as far as I'm concerned)

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