Sprinter "Limp Home Mode" Common Causes


2015 RT SS Agile (3.0L)
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There are tons of different problems that can cause limp.
Defective/ faulty oxygen sensor
Loose or damaged fuel cap
Worn out a catalytic converter
Bad Mass Airflow Sensor
Bad Spark Plug


Rob S

2008 Navion J on 2007 V6
You're testing us.

Have noted a total absence of spark plugs, and mine is still running pretty good :)


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And a loose or damaged fuel cap will only affect a gasoline engined van with evaporative loss control and not a Diesel!


Agree^^^^^^^^^. It’s so common many gas vehicles have a light on the dash “tighten fuel cap“ as the first warning. Second never heard of LIMP because of the fuel cap. It’s very minor as far a emissions in the BIG picture.

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