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#24 of 43 Loss of Power, aka limp mode
Jan 29, 2010 (11:38 pm)
Hi Marklorenz and every one,
I own a 2007 diesel myself and last summer I experienced the same scary thing while I was going 75 mph on high way 25 in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming, and it was completely dark where there was no sign of civilization...the engine kept going to a limp mode for a few times then died while we were traveling that fast. I pulled over the road and restarted the engine when that happened. Whenever that happened my wife asked and I had to lie to her that I had to take a short break.
I finally made it to city of Loveland, CO. The next day I took my van to a dealer in Boulder and they found two codes. They checked things out and off I went home after a few days. On my way back while I was trying to pass a slow moving van, it went to a limp mode a gain. This time there was a Toyota pickup truck from a guy behind me that was doing 85 mph. He got sandwiched and almost killed by two slow moving vans!!!!
I learned from the Dodge in CO that they did not do any thing, just reset the computer. I finally got home and took it to my dealer. Nothing was detected! I finally replaced the fuel filter and the problem went away.
To the day I am convinced that I might have picked up a bad load of fuel a long the way from Seattle to Colorado....and Mercedes engineer team did not anticipate in bad fuel quality in the U.S. Their fuel filter was not big enough to handle contaminated fuel. This should be looked at and remedied quickly before someone got killed on high way.
Before my next trip I am going to put in an Airdog or a FASS fuel filter and pump. I don't know if any of you have ever done such a thing?
I will appreciate someone who is knowledgeable about this to write a quick tip on how to do this.
#25 of 43 Loss of power on slippery surface.
Jan 31, 2010 (2:52 pm)
I have a 2005 Dodge Sprinter 2500 with the 2.5 turbo-charged diesel. My van runs great on the road, has plenty of take-off pep, but falls flat on it's face if the drive wheels spin on a slippery surface!
For instance, when it snows, my wheel paths have to be cleared, or there is no take-off power. When the rear wheels begin to spin, the engine RPM's drop, and the yellow triangle-shaped RPM light flashes. Using chains is out of the question, because it doesn't have the power necessary to begin moving. The end of the road I live on is slightly steep, and getting up it with snow is a 'no-go'.
#26 of 43 Re: LOSS OF POWER - 2008 DODGE SPRINTER 2500 [marklorenz]
Jan 31, 2010 (5:44 pm)
I have a 2007 Sprinter it showed the exact problem.I could shut it off and the problem would not show up again for 2 weeks. It turned out to be the return hose from the
intercooler on the drivers side. I went to Euro Parts SD and got there repair kit it took
about 30 minutes and after 2 start up & cool downs my check engine light went out
and it ran just like when I first got it from the start up. With the new design it should
not happen again. Just did it 1-30-2010 orderd one for the other side after I drove it
the first time. The drivers side seems to be the one to crack at the hose conection first
but will install the other one this week when I receive the other one.
#27 of 43 Re: Loss of power on slippery surface. [mr_b1]
Mar 07, 2010 (7:39 am)
That's normal- You have traction control putting on the breaks and fighting the engine. Just disable it (the "ASR" button in the center console) and you can spin your wheels all you want.
#28 of 43 Re: LOSS OF POWER - 2008 DODGE SPRINTER 2500 [marklorenz]
Jun 17, 2010 (1:02 pm)
Mark......I have a 2005 Sprinter with 65,000 miles that is having the exact problem you are describing. Were you able to fix your problem? Please describe.
#29 of 43 Re: LOSS OF POWER - 2008 DODGE SPRINTER 2500 [marklorenz]
Jul 26, 2010 (6:57 am)
I have a 2003 Freightliner badged Sprinter with 65000 miles on it. The same problem described by Mark Lorenz has been happening to my rig starting at 30000 miles. I found that by turning off the engine, the system would reset and I would be good for several days until the turbo derated again. At first the techs could not find anything wrong (because when you stopped it would reset) and it was difficult to duplicate. At 40000 miles they found some codes to reset but that did not stop the problem. At 63000 miles and a week before a major trip (it is a Leisure Van Mtr Home) Stopping the van would not reset the system anymore. Took it in and they replaced the electronic brains at $1100 (told them it should be under warranty since it started at 30000 miles and just because they could not figure it out). So now I am on my way to Houston, from Portland, OR, and in UT the turbo derated. You turn off the engine, wait 10 seconds, and start, and it is good again until the same thing happens. This is happening now 2-3 times a day, and our last day to destination in TX it happened 3 times. My Mtr Home was build in Canada, and the tech said that chassis made for Canadian market did not require a turbo dampner(?) which is an electronic module that helps regulate the turbo. He would have to order for abt $80 plus install, but events had already delayed my departure plans, so it is scheduled for when I get back. Very disappointed with the problems experienced. Transmission was replaced for vibration issue in Oct 2009. Thought that would cure the turbo problem but did not. Not sure I will buy another Sprinter.
#30 of 43 Re: LOSS OF POWER - 2008 DODGE SPRINTER 2500 [marklorenz]
Oct 01, 2010 (4:53 am)
egr valves will go down before 80000 miles or it may be the hoses on eather side of the inter cooler they burst cousing turbo loss.
#31 of 43 Re: LOSS OF POWER - 2008 DODGE SPRINTER 2500 [marklorenz]
Apr 25, 2011 (1:05 pm)
I noticed this problem a few weeks ago up at abouty 7500 feet and attributed it to altitude. Today it did it on the freeway at sea level and I took it to the dealer in Irvine, and so I hope they can figure it out. Just what was the issue with yours, and did they know how to fix it?The dealer also told me that Mercedes has taken over responsibility for Sprinter warranty issues.