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What does reduced engine power light mean and have no acceleration. Turned truck off and reduced engine power went out and everything is ok again; however afraid to drive the truck anywhere now. 2004 GMC Envoy

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This model has what they call fly by wire.. no accelerator cable. If the computer detects a problem in the thottle system it will not allow the engine to accelerate and will show reduced power and possibly set a check engine light. The dealer usually wants to replace the throttle assembly which is very expensive and usually un nessesary.
I have had a lot of succes with just cleaning the throttle plates real good.

Posted on Jul 08, 2010

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    jeanne cushing Dec 06, 2013

    thank you i will ask my mechanic to do that . is it a long job?

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