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The message on the computer dash flashes engine in safe mode what does it mean

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  • eric1oduro Dec 29, 2008

    the message on my dashboard comes up with "engine in safe mode" with an orange light, then it changes to a red light after which the engine starts to stall, it then would not respond to acceleration.  When the engine is switched of and the car is started again, it cranks normally, but after moving the car the problem starts off again.

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The owners manual refers to that problem if want to check it out

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I have a 2007 cadillac cts with a no crank no start problem. The TC light is on as well as the theft protection light and the check engine light, but it will not say anything. What could be the pro?


It won't talk to you ? explain that . Is the battery an cable connections good ? Do the headlamps shine bright ? Does the theft light flash when trying to start the vehicle ? Do you know how complex your vehicle is ? The number of control module's on the vehicle , what GMLAN serial data communications are ? What happens when you turn the key to start ? The ignition switch is a low voltage input to the BCM - body control module system , the BCM turns on relays an sends messages to other modules to start the vehicle , turn thing's on etc... Why the GMLAN
The body control system consists of the following 2 modules:
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The dash integration module (DIM)


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The rear integration module (RIM)

Each of the 2 body control modules integrate a number of functional systems. Each module is connected to the class 2 serial data circuit, many of the control signals are implemented by class 2 messages.
Dash Integration Module (DIM)
The various dash integration module (DIM) input and output circuits are described in the corresponding functional areas as indicated on the DIM electrical schematics.
The DIM functions include the following:
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The cigar lighter relay control


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The class 2 communication requiring DIM interaction


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The exterior lighting control


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The headlamp washer control


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The hood ajar switch input w/export


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The horn relay control


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The interior lighting control


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The load management


Serial Data Messages The modules that depend exclusively on serial data messages for power modes stay in the state dictated by the last valid PMM message until they can check for the engine run flag status on the serial data circuits. If the PMM fails, the modules monitor the serial data circuit for the engine run flag serial data. If the engine run flag serial data is True, indicating that the engine is running, the modules fail-safe to RUN. In this state the modules and their subsystems can support all operator requirements. If the engine run flag serial data is False, indicating that the engine is not running, the modules fail-safe to OFF-AWAKE. In this state, the modules are constantly checking for a change status message on the serial data circuits and can respond to both local inputs and serial data inputs from other modules on the vehicle.
Discrete Ignition Signals Those modules that have discrete ignition signal inputs also remain in the state dictated by the last valid PMM message received on the serial data circuits. They then check the state of their discrete ignition input to determine the current valid state. If the discrete ignition input is active, battery positive voltage, the modules will fail-safe to the RUN power mode. If the discrete ignition input is not active, open, or 0 voltage, the modules will fail-safe to OFF-AWAKE. In this state the modules are constantly checking for a change status message on the serial data circuits and can respond to both local inputs and serial data inputs from other modules on the vehicle.
I'd say your best bet is take your vehicle to the dealer or some other qualified repair shop .

Sep 22, 2016 | 2007 Cadillac CTS

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Power loss message, car not performing


this might have been caused by by a sensor developed problem.when this happens,the engine control box or ECU goes to fail safe mode /Limb home state.this enables you to drive to a safe place e.g home /garage.

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My 2007 BF Falcon wagon occasionally misfires when starting causing it to go into 'safe mode' with dash instruments flashing. The car can be driven with reduced power, sufficient to get home.


Your car should be fitted with an obd2 connector. Go to your local dealer and ask him to download the error codes on the ecu it will give the reasons causing the vehicle to go into safe mode.

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The error message HOLD is showing on the dash near the 4x4 lights. What is this, is it bad? What do I do? Thanks


Hi. Take a deep breath of relief. First off this is not an error message and you should not panic. On your center console just below the gear shifter and the 4WD lever is an button that has "A/T MODE" written on it. This is what engages the 3 different driving modes to best assist you depending on the road conditions you are on. If the button is depressed at the top then the "PWR" mode is being used and on your dashboard you will notice a button flashing "PWR". This means that you have selected a driving mode that will avail you more power from the engine in instances like when you are driving up steep hills or a mountain or when you require to overtake a speeding car. Be warned, fuel consumption is high in this mode. When the button is depressed at the bottom, the "HOLD' mode is in effect and on your dash board the "HOLD' light will flash. This mode is best used when starting on a slippery surface like snow. Your car will start smoothly in second gear. When the neither the button is depressed at the top or bottom, then you are in 'NORMAL" mode which is for normal driving and where the car will run smoothly and use the lest amount of fuel. Hope this helps.

Aug 02, 2011 | 1997 Mitsubishi Montero

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Mrsjd_0998@yahoo.comCheck on light comes on then the a small wrench icon appears. The message along with check engine now says engine in safe mode. The car loses all pick up. whats the problem


safe mode means the computer is protecting the engine by shutting down some operations - like half the cylinders.

go to autozone & have codes read (DTC) free.

Jul 14, 2011 | 2005 Mercury Montego

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What does an orange diagram of engine light means when it shows off


The amber colored engine lamp means that something is wrong with either the engine or transmission systems. Input sensors monitor the engine and transmission to be sure they are within factory specifications. With this information the computer can adjust things like fuel control, idle speeds, transmission shift points etc. If an input or output is not working correctly the computer will sense this an throw an engine lamp on the inform you that there is a concern. In most cases the computer will use information from other sensors to keep the vehicle running until repairs are made. In more serious cases, the computer will flash the engine lamp and/or put the vehicle in fail safe mode. Fail safe mode will limit the amount of fuel to the fuel injectors and sometimes limit the transmission speeds and throttle response. You need to have codes retrieved either from a dealer, service station or auto parts store. The auto parts store will usually do it for free but their tester may not pull all codes. Good luck.

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Today the engine failsafe mode message was on my dash display. What does this mean?


it says limp-home operations what does that mean and what is the real promblem that is occuring with my mustang. my warning display is stating engine failsafe mode when i was driving also felt no pick up for a couple of miles. please answer

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What does Failsafe Engine Mode mean? my manual was stolen


Hello! Fail safe mode is when the vehicle's computer detects a serious problem an allows you to "limp" off the road or highway safely.

Fail safe mode on a Jaguar is mainly caused by a dirty and gummed up throttle body. The throttle body on your auto has a protective coating, so you can not use just any cleaner. It requires a throttle body cleaner that states "safe to use with a protective coating". The butterfly valve in the throttle body will actually "stick out". This causes fail safe mode to kick in reducing the amount of power your engine can produce.

Also check the plugs on your ECM (computer) and make sure they are all seated properly.


Guru...............saailer

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I do not know about a Jag. But the "fail safe engine mode " on my GMC means the Engine Controll Computer has quit working.

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