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Fail safe engine fail

Failsafe engine fail,traction control fail and stability control fail are all coming up on dash and car has gone into limp home mode

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  • spursgraham Oct 15, 2008

    1998 Jaguar Sovereign lwb (Auto)

    Failsafe Warning Light on dash Illuminated with no apparent

    performance problems

  • Anonymous Oct 18, 2008

    Same problem occurred today.
    Disconnecting the battery for 60 seconds cleared the stability, traction and failsafe mode but check engine light is still on. No obd2 codes before or after battery disconnect. Will bring to dealer Monday



  • Anonymous Nov 06, 2008

    I have the same problem, fail sfe engine mode/stablity control fail, did you ever find out the solution?

  • wallacja Jan 13, 2009

    I had the same problem. I took into a mechanic who thought the problem was due to worn out brake pads. My husband changed the brakes both front and back and I haven't had the problem since.

  • beechesautos Feb 12, 2009

    no codes are present when checked

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    Hey what was the anwer to your problem

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    2004 chevy SSR Traction Control fail light comes on when the Traction Control switch is selected ON. This happens with car moving or in park. This SSR has an automatic transmission and a 5.3 L. engine. This SSR has sat in my garage all winter, ran the engine a lot but didn't get out of the garage for 3 months.

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This can be caused by a few things. Diagnostic Trouble codes needed to diagnose. many auto part store will read codes for free, please post codes

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I had same issue. Was throttle body. $700 part used

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