How do I get a Honda Accord out of limp mode?

I’ve noticed that my Honda Accord has been a bit sluggish. On top of that, the check engine light is on and the air conditioner isn’t working. My mechanic friend told me that my Accord has gone into limp mode. What does this mean and how can I get my Honda Accord out of limp mode?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Sorry to hear that your
Honda Accord
is in limp mode. Limp mode occurs when your car’s electronic control unit (ECU) senses something drastically wrong with your transmission or engine. To get your Accord out of limp mode, add transmission fluid, run an onboard diagnostic, or take your vehicle to a mechanic.
In some cases, limp mode is the result of a minor issue that’s not all that problematic. To get out of limp mode, you can also try one or more of these steps:
  • Top off the transmission fluid. Sometimes, a low transmission fluid level triggers limp mode.
  • Shut off the engine. Sometimes your ECU has a temporary malfunction. By shutting off the engine, letting it rest for five minutes, and restarting the car, you can bypass or resolve limp mode.
  • Run an onboard diagnostic. In some instances, your ECU or other sensors can malfunction. If this is the case, you may have to replace them. However, replacing these is far less expensive than engine or transmission repair.
If none of the above steps resolves the issue, use your
towing and labor coverage
to tow your vehicle to a mechanic. Don’t drive unless absolutely necessary, as you could damage vital engine and transmission components.
In the future, follow a
basic maintenance schedule
to ensure that your car is in tip-top condition.
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