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2003 S-Type Jaguar

I have a 2003 ''S'' type it has 67000 mi.was running fine. There was a very bad storm in my area. It was raining two days non stop. The day after the storm I started the car and it's running rough,the little engine warning light stays on, you accelerate. If you push it too hard the other amber light comes on and the car will start cutting out. The dash screen says ''restricted performance''. Is there some sort of reset?? or do I have other problems. Guys I sure need help....Thanks

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  • Alex Nov 13, 2009

    No, the water wasn't deep enough to touch the bodywork. When I saw the tires were half way in the water I moved the car to a better place.

  • Alex Nov 26, 2009

    Thank you! I think mass air flow sensor was the problem. I dried it with hair dryer and the car runs good now.

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First step is to drive to AutoZone or Advance Auto Parts carefully, without heavy acceleration. Tell them you have a check engine light and you need the computer scanned. They'll do it free (a dealer will charge an hour's labor even though it only takes a few minutes). Ask them to give you a printout of the codes, and post them here. Do that as a reply to my post and I can help you decipher the codes as to what they mean and what needs to be done. Was the car sitting in water deep enough to touch the bodywork, or were just the tires touching water?

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    Jeremy Dellow Nov 17, 2009

    OK. For one thing, you may have a soaked mass airflow sensor. It's under hood near the top of the engine, so it won't have been soaked with actual water, but if the air was that humid, condensation in the intake piping could be putting the sensor on the fritz. You can open the airbox, and blow a hairdryer inside for 10-15 minutes to see if you can dry out the sensor and see if that helps. Disconnect the battery first, leave it undone for an hour or so, then reconnect it and see if the codes come back (you'll know if the check light comes back on), and see if the car is still in restricted mode. Try it out and post up with what happens.

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