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#1 Old 03-20-2010, 01:54 PM
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Lightning Bolt...Limp Mode...Traction Control Light...Help!

Today I was driving on the highway, and a Red Lightning Bolt started to flash on my dash, and the car immediately lost power while driving, and went into a limp mode from what I could tell. While limping on the side of the road, and red light still blinking, the Traction Control Light came on as well. I managed to get over enough, throw the hazards on and turn off the car. I waited a few minutes, and turned the car on, and things seemed fine. I proceeded to drive and BAM! It happened again!

I managed to get myself turned around and stopped at a gas station. Turned the car off, and had a phone call with my Dad and Mom, about the issue. I then decided to come home, with problem still occuring. Every gear, I can gain maybe 7-8mph and 40mph being the highest in 5th gear. I managed to limp a little closer to home.

My Parents called back, and said to shut the car off, and leave it alone for 5 min+ and then turn it back on. I did just that, and the problem seemed cured, and I drove home. Once home, I proceeded to reset the battery (like the nsrt4s) I let it sit for about 5 minutes unplugged and reconnected the battery. Started the car, and the problem is back without having to drive, and it is idling at 1.5k and sounds real horrible.

So I unplugged the battery again. and came into the house, to come post this thread, and hopefully find out what may be the problem. The car is already out of warranty at 38,883 miles.

Also, the only thing the car has is a K&N Drop in Filter (from like 35k ago) and a muffler delete (like 30k ago)

So can you guys PLEASE help?

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Here is an update. Just reconnected the battery for a 2nd time, and the problem still remains.

here is a video of what it does upon startup.

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sounds like a timing issue or a fuel problem i noticed you didnt let the fuel light go off before you started it why? and have you ran race fuel or and super man strength gas threw it? need more details man alot of us are gonna ask and say the same...
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sorry to hear man will watching for your fix.. Maybe realtune will comment and know what would cause this...

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moparcrzy - this car has never seen race fuel. And as far as I can tell, the way the fuel light is, that is how it has always on and off when starting up. By looking at the manual, it says the lightning bolt, means Electronic Throttle Control. I dunno, what could have broken this, or what controls the ETC (I am guessing the PCM)

But all in all, I have a broken car. I am out of work, thanks to my back surgery, I am still somewhat recovering from and out of warranty.

Needless to say, I am in the slumps at this moment, and wish for an easy fix to occur.

3:51PM: Started the car again after sitting for 20+ min and still doing it...

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after driving it a little, something I have noticed, is that car is stuck idling at 1.5krpm, and the boost gauge is reading -10vac consistently through each turn on and shut off.

Could some have failed with the throttle body? Something Stuck? I am just looking for answers and all, would love some real feedback from realtune or whomever.
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I really don't have any ideas for you, but have checked for all piping and solenoids are still connected?

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what are your mods? clamped?

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Are you using different gas maybe?

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i would call the dealer and ask to speak to a tech and explain it maybe they can help


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