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    Default HELP, stuck on A14 18:55 12.05.09

    Sorry for not searching, but I'm typing this in an SOS bay on A14 waiting for Green Flag to come out.

    The engine management light, car/spanner, came on whilst accelerating onto A14: limp mode no faster than 40mph. Stopped, turned off and then tried again. Again when accelerating it stopped at 40mph and into limp mode. Green Flag coming out, but will probably want to tow us back to Brum.

    Does anyone know why this has happened, as I might be able to point mechanic in right direction when he turns up?

    Thanks for any help.

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    Could be a number of things best to get a code reader and read codes hope you get it sorted soon

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    Your profile says 2.2 - is that diesel?

    If so then the 2.2 has a well documented history of splitting turbo hoses. Check the large boost pipes carefully all over for what may appear to be only a small crack/split - under boost that gets a lot larger, loosing boost and the car senses it and goes into limp mode.

    If that turns out to be the problem then the AA should be able to tape up the split to get you home until you get the new (modified, i.e. stronger) replacement boost pipe.

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    Cheers for replies. Its a 2.2 Direct petrol. Know what you mean about code readers, I guess he won't be able to do a lot at side of road. Bummer as we are on our way over to Cambridge and where making good time!!

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    Just an update, got towed home by Green Flag and then swapped over to my trusty old Golf to do the journey. Siggy going into dealers on Monday for a diagnoisis and hopefully some TLC under warranty.

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    2.2 direct? Maybe a fuel pump issue?
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Lets hope it's not heavy on the pocket ..................

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    Too late now, I know, but if you'd been an AA or RAC member they would have plugged their laptop in to the diagnostic port and tried to read the code, even if only to give the garage a pointer if it's something that can't be fixed at the roadside. Green Flag use tow truck operators, not ex-mechanics, so unless it's something obvious and simple (flat battery etc), towing rather than fixing is their answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    Too late now, I know, but if you'd been an AA or RAC member they would have plugged their laptop in to the diagnostic port and tried to read the code, even if only to give the garage a pointer if it's something that can't be fixed at the roadside. Green Flag use tow truck operators, not ex-mechanics, so unless it's something obvious and simple (flat battery etc), towing rather than fixing is their answer.
    On one of the occasions when my Signum failed on me in 2007 the AA plugged their kit into the CAN bus connector and it failed to find any codes at all. When the Vx dealer stuck their Tech 2 on it, there were in excess of 2 pages of A4 paper full of info to read out, the workshop manager showed me the print out!

    So the AA are unlikely to be able to diagnose very much without better kit.

    FWIW it sounds like you have a failing fuel pump, if the pressure regulator was dying you wouldn't have limp mode just the engine dying after 10-15 seconds when the spanner light appeared.

    Be warned that a failed pump can break up and contaminate the fuel rail and regulator, they run to very tight tolerances and could be damaged as well.

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