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Message says "limp home"

2004 or 2005 Ford Thunderbird

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  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    engine light comes on 2005 ford thunderbird

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Here is the owners manual says about limp mode:

    Electronic throttle control:

    Illuminates when the engine has

    defaulted to a ’limp-home’ operation.

    Report the fault to a dealer at the

    earliest opportunity.

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This car belongs to a friend of mine. She took it to the dealer & they put a part on, it cost her almost $600.00. I assume it was a new Electronic Throttle Control.


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