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The Range Rover limp mode is a safety feature that activates to protect your engine and transmission from further damage when a fault is detected, which reduces power and speed.
If you own a Range Rover, you may have experienced the Range Rover limp mode warning message on the dashboard.
When a Range Rover limp mode is activated you’ll notice the engine power is significantly reduced, and it can feel like your turbo has failed – you’ll never reach top speed.
What models are affected?
- Land Rover Defender
- Range Rover Discovery
- Range Rover Evoque
- Range Rover Sport
- Range Rover Velar
- Range Rover Vogue
What is limp mode?
When your Range Rover goes into limp mode, the computer will limit the engine’s power and speed.
Limp mode is a safety feature that protects your engine and transmission from further damage when a fault is detected in the system.
When a fault is detected, the car activates limp mode to minimize damage to the engine and transmission.
This means that you will not be able to accelerate as quickly as you normally would, and your car may struggle to reach high speeds.
Limp mode is primarily designed to give you enough time to get your car to a mechanic or a safe location.
There are many reasons why your Range Rover may go into limp mode. Some common causes include:
- Low levels of oil or coolant
- Transmission errors
- AC compressor issues
- Electronic control unit (ECU) malfunctions
- Scanner communication problems
If your Range Rover is in limp mode, take it to a mechanic immediately before it causes further damage to the Range Rover.
The mechanic will use an OBD scanner tool to read the fault codes and determine the cause of the problem.
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Common causes of limp mode in Range Rovers
If you own a Range Rover, you may have experienced limp mode, which is a security measure that reduces engine power to prevent further damage to the vehicle. Here are some of the most common causes of limp mode in Range Rovers:
Transmission problems are a common cause of limp mode in Range Rovers. If your transmission control unit detects an issue with the transmission system, it may activate limp mode to prevent further damage.
Some common transmission issues include low transmission fluid levels, faulty transmission sensors, and issues with the throttle position sensor.
Range Rover Evoque-specific issues
Range Rover Evoque owners may experience limp mode due to specific issues during their ownership.
My mother owns a Range Rover Evoque and has experienced this problem numerous times over the few years she has owned one.
Some of the most common issues include blocked fuel filters, contaminated fuel, and issues with the electric steering pump.
Fuel system issues
Issues with the fuel system can also cause limp mode in Range Rovers.
If your engine control unit detects a problem with the fuel system, it may activate limp mode to prevent further damage.
Some common fuel system issues include low oil levels, blocked fuel filters, and contaminated fuel.
Brake system issues
Faulty brake systems can also cause limp mode in Range Rovers.
If your vehicle detects an issue with the brake system, it may activate limp mode to prevent further damage.
Some common brake system issues include hydraulic leakage, low brake fluid levels, and faulty brake systems.
Turbo and intercooler issues
Issues with the turbo and intercooler can also cause Range Rover limp mode.
If your engine control unit detects an issue with the turbo or intercooler, it may activate limp mode to prevent further damage.
Some common issues include split turbo hoses, issues with the turbo boost pressure, and issues with the intercooler.
It is also important to keep up with regular maintenance, such as checking your oil and fluid levels, to prevent issues that can cause limp mode.
How to fix limp mode in Range Rovers
If you’re experiencing limp mode in your Range Rover, don’t panic. There are several DIY solutions you can try before calling a mechanic.
However, it’s important to note that some issues may require professional help.
This section will cover the diagnostic tools and error codes, common DIY solutions, and when to call a mechanic.
Diagnostic tools and error codes
The first step in fixing limp mode is to determine the cause of the problem. You can use an OBD2 scanner to check for error codes.
These scanners are available online or at most auto parts stores.
Once you have the error codes, you can determine the cause of the problem.
Some common causes of limp mode include:
- Throttle position sensor issues
- Low engine oil levels
- Faulty engine sensors
- Blocked fuel filter
- Faulty brake system
- Split turbo hose
- Contaminated fuel
- Transmission control unit issues
It’s important to note that error codes can vary depending on the model and year of your Range Rover.
Check your owner’s manual or consult a forum for more information.
Common DIY solutions
If you’ve determined the cause of the problem and it’s a minor issue, there are several DIY solutions you can try:
- Check your engine oil levels and top up if necessary
- Replace your air filter
- Clean your throttle body
- Replace your fuel filter
- Check your battery and replace if necessary
- Check your transmission fluid levels and top up if necessary
Again, it’s important to note that these solutions may not work for all cases of a limp mode. If you’re unsure or the problem persists, it’s best to get a mechanic to check.
When to call a mechanic
If you’ve tried the DIY solutions and the problem persists, it’s time to call a mechanic. Some issues may require specialized equipment or knowledge to fix.
Some examples include:
- Transmission issues
- Brake system issues
- Turbo and intercooler issues
- Hydraulic leakage
- Low brake fluid levels
- Electric steering pump issues
When choosing a mechanic, choose a reputable one with experience working on Range Rovers.
Ask for recommendations from friends or post a request in the Range Rover Fanatic Facebook Group.
How do I get my Range Rover out of limp mode?
To get your Range Rover out of limp mode, you may need to identify and address the underlying issue that caused the vehicle to go into limp mode in the first place. This may involve diagnosing and repairing problems with the engine, transmission, or other systems. It’s best to consult a qualified mechanic or technician for assistance in resolving limp mode issues.
What is the main reason for limp mode?
The main reason for limp mode is to protect the engine and transmission from damage due to a malfunction or fault in one of the vehicle’s systems. Limp mode typically engages when the vehicle’s computer detects a problem that could cause damage to the engine or transmission, such as low oil pressure, overheating, or a faulty sensor.
Will driving in limp mode damage my Range Rover?
Driving in limp mode for an extended time can potentially cause damage to the vehicle’s engine or transmission, as the reduced power and performance can put additional strain on these systems. It’s best to address any underlying issues causing the vehicle to enter limp mode as soon as possible, to prevent further damage or safety risks.
Last updated and verified on 6th September 2023