Jeep’s are incredible vehicles. They’re rugged, they’re versatile and they have a ton of personality. The one thing that Jeep owners often complain about is just how difficult it can be to get them out of “limp mode.” So what exactly does limp mode do? When the vehicle is in limp mode, it means that it’s not going to be able to get up and go when you need a little extra power. It will still drive, but you’ll be stuck in the slow lane.
With the release of the new Wrangler and a bevy of available Jeep models, it’s difficult to find an off-road vehicle that can live up to your needs. “Limp Mode” is one of common problems with modern Jeeps after driving in deep water or getting stuck on mud/dirt roads. This article will provide a five-step process for how to get out of limp mode while avoiding any unnecessary damage.
Step One: Check And Be Sure Of Your Tire Pressure – In order for this procedure to work correctly, tire pressure must be checked often because low air pressure will affect handling as well as increase strain on suspension components such as ball joints which are located inside the knuckle.
Step Two: Check Your Lights – It is important to check your headlights and taillights because if one or both of these lights are out, the vehicle will go into limp mode more quickly than usual. Replacing any bulbs that may be burnt-out can help avoid this problem altogether.
Step Three: Take Care Of Any Dents And Scratches – If you have a noticeable dent in your fender or a scrape on the body from collision with an object such as another car, make sure they are checked for leaks before proceeding so as not to create new problems with weakening structural integrity caused by loose paneling and rust. This step should also include checking for fluid levels (oil/water) just in case you have a leak that is seeping out.
Step Four: Have Your Jeep Seen By A Professional – If you are having obvious mechanical problems or your vehicle has been submerged in water, it’s best to take the time and money necessary to be seen by an experienced professional (approved by the manufacturer) for diagnosis before proceeding with this process.
Step Five: Check The Transmission Fluid Level – It should go without saying but checking transmission fluid levels must also be done as part of this maintenance procedure because not only will low fluids cause more frequent limp mode occurrences, they can lead to irreversible damage such as internal gear wear which may require extensive repair work. Determining if there is too much or too little fluid present takes some experience so it is best to have your Jeep inspected by a professional.
Jeep Limp Mode is an unfortunate issue that strikes when something goes wrong with the engine or transmission. It is not a serious problem, as it doesn’t affect the safety of your vehicle. However, if you find yourself in Limp Mode and need to get back on the road again quickly – know that there are some steps you can take to remedy this situation.