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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 1st, 2010, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Australia Half power engine warning light

I was driving on the Freeway today when an orange engine light came on, i pulled over to the emerg stop lane and looked up in my book what the signal meant. It said the engine was at half power and i could "limp home" but get engine checked out ASAP. Well just as i was about to turn my engine off, it just stopped. I waited for it to cool (thinking it may have been hot) and tried to start it again. It just shock like anything and cut out. Has anyone else experienced this problem?? Is it anything major? I had to get towed and it will get looked out tomorrow. Im just hoping it will be covered by warranty.Any help will be much appreciated.
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The engine warning light is a way of flagging up that a problem's occurred and if it's gone into limp-home mode, chances are the car thinks it's serious (at least in terms of potential damage) and is trying to preserve itself. Really need to get the OBD-II fault-codes read off the car's computer to pinpoint the exact problem, but with cars being as complicated as they are these days, it could be as simple as a sensor costing pence to replace that's the cause.

Pretty sure it should be covered by warranty....

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Thanks Chris.
I guess I'll find out soon enough. Fingers crossed it's nothing serious.
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no news as yet. they havent even looked at it yet
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That's annoying. On my current Fiat I had an intermittent problem whereby the fault code had cleared itself from the log by the time I got to the garage (I was lucky in that cycling the ignition cleared the light for my problem). In the end I bought my own OBD-II scanner off ebay for around £20 and read off the fault when it happened so I could tell them exactly what they needed to replace.

Will have to see if it's compatible with the MINI I have on order!

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Have you got a chip in it or gone over the service due date?

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It only went in for a service 2 months ago! It needs some part (so the dealer says) but i havent been able to get in contact with them (i work stupid hours). will finally cath them tomorrow to see what is going on
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The Mini garage said it was the high pressure fuel pump and also some damage to a belt or something. Apparently it happened when they stripped it (or something). Totally not mechanic at all!! It should be ready on monday and will be covered with warranty, thank goodness!!!
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Totally not mechanic at all!!
I meant IM not that mechanic!
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Sounds like a good result, at least from a cost point of view! Bit worrying they damaged it when stripping it down but hopefully they're able to put it back together without breaking anything

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Tell me about i, i was thinking the same thing!! I am now wondering what the hell they did to my car (two days before it did this) when they had it to change the tyre that blew!! Had some bad luck with my car of late!! Im a little over it! I cant believe its legal for a car not to carry a spare!! Stupid expensive run-flat tyres!! Hopefully smooth sailing from now on!
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