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ETC Engine Fail Mode

I was wondering what does ETC engine fail mode actually means and how can I solve this problem.

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  • MrAiken Sep 18, 2008

    yes it stalls and wont go over 30 mph but I took it to the Lincoln dealer and after 2weeks I guess they fixed it

  • jessielehr Dec 20, 2008

    so what did they charge you for repairing? That could help people start out fixing the right thing, and not searching and trying this and trying that. It sounds as if you may have had them trying different things too. Somebody mentioned that there are coils that are an issue and might lead to this. These coils are suppose to have gotten an extended warranty from Ford now. Anybody else here this?

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    yes mine stalls when the etc failsafe mode light comes on also

  • ls girl Jan 09, 2009

    I own a 2003 Lincoln Ls, 64,000 miles. Fail safe mode indicator has illuminated twice, but no codes are even reading on the computer. It states, no communication. Don't know where to start. Like everyone else, the car is driveable after reset, but you never know when this may happen again. Don't want to be stranded, only able to accelerate to 40 mph.

  • Anonymous Mar 04, 2009

    I have a 2005 LS, V8, the ETC Engine Fail Mode has come on several times. I had it checked at the dealership, there were no problem codes showing up. They said maybe the thermostat was sticking. This would be at least $500 to fix. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    On my way to work this morning, my failsafe mode light came on and I pulled over. My had limited engine power and was very concerned because my car had never done this before. I just got it back from the shop two days ago where they had to change out a bad coil.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    etc engine fail safe mode is on



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I am having the same prob with mine.does yous stall when it comes on?

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