If your check engine light turns on and your car suddenly feels sluggish, your vehicle may be in “limp mode.” Patriot Auto Group explains this protective feature and why it’s crucial to get GM service as soon as you can.

What Is Limp Mode?

When modern cars detect severe problems under the hood, they automatically enter limp mode and throttle performance. This is designed to give you enough power to “limp home” without worsening the underlying issue. If your car has entered limp mode, it’s time to come in for GM service as soon as possible.

What Causes Limp Mode?

Like the check engine light, limp mode can be caused by a range of problems from minor to severe. The issue could be a malfunctioning engine, defective engine components, or faulty wiring. However, it could also be caused by faults in the sensors, which detect potential problems, which can themselves fail over time. The only way to know for sure is to have our team diagnose and repair the issue.

How Far Can I Drive in Limp Mode?

Driving in limp mode can aggravate the underlying problem and cause a more costly, involved repair. If you live close to our GM dealerships in Limerick, Boyertown, or Warminster, you can drive to an authorized service center. However, if you live farther away, consider a tow instead of risking further damage.

Get GM Service at Patriot Auto Group

If your car is performing less than its best, schedule GM service as soon as possible. Bring your vehicle to the nearest Patriot Auto Group service center so our trained technicians can quickly get you back on the road!