Nothing drives a car owner up the wall more than a rattling sound, funny engine behavior, or a feature that won’t function as it should. The thing is, every vehicle has issues that are particular to the model, and the Volkswagen Golf is no different.

So one day, your Golf enters limp mode when enjoying a drive home. It suddenly starts slowing down, and the dreaded check engine light comes on. So, what just happened to your VW Golf?

What does that imply, and what can you do about it?

What Going into Limp Mode Means for Your VW Golf

A limp home mode is a security feature that your beloved Golf activates when the transmission control unit or the engine senses a fault. When activated, the limp mode slows the Golf down and switches off the car’s less important parts or functions. This happens to prevent a more serious problem from happening.

A limp mode is also your signal that something needs your attention and it’s overdue for an appointment with your repair shop.

The water pump may be the main reason your VW enters limp mode. An initial examination by a professional mech should reveal issues with a malfunctioning supercharger, usually linked to the water pump.

Other causes include problems with the transmission wiring, which will bring a check engine light. It could also be a malfunctioning engine boost control signaled by a 2500-4000 RPM rev limiter or defective engine components with symptoms of under-boost.

Also, malfunctioning engine sensors or even problems with the braking system will send the VW to limp mode. So what do you do when the VW Golf enters limp mode?

Take the vehicle for a professional check as soon as possible.

If you have issues with your VW’s supercharger, water pump, or any other, stop by our repair shop at A1 Performance European Auto Repair for a check and fix.

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