Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo Limp Mode Help! (2023)


Can-Am Maverick Limp Mode Code Help. Dave evaluates and troubleshoots the P0303 code. Replace Spark Plug and ignition coil. How to service your Can-Am Maverick Turbo.
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Hi everybody, welcome back to the channel we're here today, we're going to try to fix my Can-Am, X3, turbo, it's got a misfire.

It says, misfire on cylinder.

Three, it's, throwing a 303 code, um and occasionally it'll pop into limp, home mode and uh.

So I have a big loss of power just kind of have to drag it home.

Anyway, we're gonna we're gonna pull the spark plugs out we're going to replace some ignition coils and uh, gonna walk you through just how simple that is so let's get to it.

So whenever I'm working on this thing, I've used this four foot fiberglass ladder, just about perfect height.

So I'm going to show you how we get into that by taking the the cover off the belt intake and to cover off the intercooler.

They both just clip in there's, no no tools, no screwdrivers, no pry bars required.

They just pop right out.

You got to pop this one panel out between the seeds and that'll, expose your your turbo and kind of give you a view in there to your ignition coils.

And and all the things that you need to undo, you can see that one hose clamp there, uh, you'll have to take that off.

And while we're talking about that I would take that one off, rather than the other end of it I've seen guys try to take the others end of that off.

And then over on this side, you'll see, there's a bolt and another hose clamp on the intercooler.

Just take that hose clamp off.

There, it's real easy to get to you can get to it through this opening, or you go around by the wheel to me.

It depends on whether it's hot or not if if it's hot I'm going to go in between the seats, believe it or not and right over the turbo.

But if the machine's cool it's it's, pretty comfortable going in over the wheel.

And then you've got two 10 millimeter bolts.

You take out at the back of the intercooler and I think you'd already seen the the two at the front we'll we'll.

Take those out here in a few minutes, foreign over the wheel and get this larger hose off the intercooler and that's, a seven millimeter I just use a quarter inch, drive ratchet with a seven millimeter.

Depot socket on it.

A lot easier than using a screwdriver Take this clamp loose.

And then you can just wiggle it around a little bit, and you can just pull that right off of your fingers, usually, um, you know, every every situation is going to be a little different, but you'll see I just I just reach in there with my fingers and pull it right off.

So just that just that simple, not too bad and like I said on on the other pose that you'll take off by the cab there's there's, a matching end like this on the other side of the intercooler, but it's just too hard to get to I've watched guys struggle with it struggle with it and I just I.

Just take the little end right off the turbo use the same seven millimeter socket and just undo it and you're you're out of there had quite a bit of dirt around this I was going to take and just blow it off with a little portable leaf blower, just to get the dust and debris off of it.

And here I'm using a screwdriver, just kind of break the seal here it's on aluminum and it's kind of stuck it's, not stuck badly.

But it's got a little more of a suction bite to it than the other.

The other one did plastic on plastic.

Thank you [Music].

So now it's just about ready to come out kind of get both hands, free tip it up and out of there.

And once once you get this loose and kind of push towards the back and up and out the intercooler has a fan on the bottom of it that's got a wire connection to it that's got a zip tie around.

It holds it in place and you'll see me fiddling with this a minute here, I went ahead and unhooked it.

But then after I did I realized I really didn't need to I'm just kind of a waste of time and effort.

So you can see there where it's unhooked, but you don't really have to there's there's enough wire there that you can do everything you want with it together.

So taking all the plugs out they're in 9 16 plug and they're they're way down in the valve covers, um.

So you need a good spark, plug socket to grip that plug and pull it out or a piece of fuel line or something to push down over the top of it to pull them out because it's way down in there.

But anyway, I'm just taking the plugs out to clean them off and uh, I'm gonna replace the coils while I'm in here, I had some extra coils so I'm going to go ahead and stick those in just to see if that takes care of it and we'll go from there.

All right.

So you can see on these spark plugs.

You can see the amount of anti-seize it's a white anti-seize it's, just they're just drenched in them.

So anyway, I cleaned it all off.

It took about, um paper towel on each spark plug to get all that stuff off there and I left enough on there that I felt like it had protection, but not overdone so we're going to put the coils back in now got the plugs back in unplug, these these coils in and bolt them down, you've got a little ground wire that goes to it and a T30 Torx, just slippery bolt through there and and tighten your coil down and your ground clamp on one shot.

Oh, so at this point you're just going to hook your intercooler lines back up and your two 10 millimeter bolts that hold it on this side and then we'll go around and over the wheel and put the passenger side, intercooler line back up and on so it's, real simple process to finish up from here.

Now, don't forget your 210 millimeter bolts up here on top.

You need to get those in and then you're ready to put your covers on put your interior panel on put your cover over your intercooler.

And then lastly, you'll put your cover on for your air intake for your belt.

We've been through all this that shows you how to get to all this stuff and makes it really easy, it's, not too bad at all.

Um after you've done it a couple times realistically, you can do this from start to finish and be back on the road in less than 30 minutes with just simple tools and that's.

Seven millimeter socket.

A 10 millimeter socket a couple of extensions, a 9 16 spark plug wrench and a T30 Torx bit to take the the ignition coil retaining bolts out, but that's all there is to it.

So how many of you have found yourselves frustrated by the the ventless cans? So then we'll show you how to take care of that it's, really simple, you go on the interweb, and you buy some vents I think there were six of this pack.

This is a set do not separate.

So I, don't know, if these cans will have to stay together for the rest of their lives or not, but I'm guessing, it's for the people that work, filling the orders not to break them open to fill an order for one.

But anyway, so you you basically take a small drill bit to get you a pilot hole, and then a half inch drill bit put through there, and then just push them in so we'll show you how that works foreign.

If you don't do the pilot hole? Well, sometimes you can end up with is kind of a triangular hole, which would be no point here.

We go voila, the vent.

So after all that what we've decided is, it was bad fuel.

We got to looking into when we bought fuel for it.

And it had been several months and we're afraid that the fuel had started to turn just ethanol.

These 10 ethanol fuels can break down.

And so anyway, that's.

What we did we dumped the fuel we started over, and you know, whatever whatever was tripping.

It is not tripping, the codes anymore, The Machine's, running great.

So if you have any of these kind of problems, it's good to know how to change the plugs in it it's good to know how to change the ignition coils in it and all that sort of stuff so don't be afraid to just jump in there and do it.

But if you're having problems with with a limp mode or code, I'd, always check the fuel first and then I'd, probably take a look at the belt.

Second, if you have any questions or problems, just shoot me a comment and I'll try to help.

You answer them, not an expert, not a professional at it just been stuck in the woods, a couple times in different machines.

So anyway, have a good week.

And thanks for tuning in oh my gosh, oh my God that is awesome.

[Music] foreign looks like a piece of cake.


Will disconnecting battery reset limp mode? ›

You can attempt to bypass Limp mode by restarting the vehicle after a short wait or by removing one of the battery terminals to reset the electronic systems.

What causes a Can-Am to go into limp mode? ›

It is triggered by abnormal signals from car components, such as faulty sensors, transmission issues, or low fluid levels. The best way to fix limp mode is to consult a mechanic who can inspect and resolve the underlying problem.

Can limp mode be fixed? ›

Clean Mass Air Flow Sensor.

The MAF sensor regulates the air-fuel mixture in the engine and might become dirty. The dirt on the sensor sends wrong values to the control unit, and the limp mode is activated. You can simply clean it with an electronic cleaner, and your car will start functioning again.

Can I drive in limp mode? ›

While entering limp mode is geared to protecting your vehicle from additional damage, should you choose to ignore the warning signs and continue to drive the vehicle for prolonged periods, the engine can overheat, generate further warning lights, and ultimately refuse to start again if you switch the engine off, so don ...

How do I permanently get off limp mode? ›

Limp mode is meant to give your car just enough power to drive home (or to the nearest repair shop) without causing severe damage to the engine or transmission. You can bypass limp mode by restarting your car, topping off fluids, or resetting the battery.

What sensors can cause limp mode? ›

Speed sensors, the MAF, MPS and TPS; to name just a few of the essential monitors within your engine. All of these send signals to the control units, so as with faulty wiring, if one of these monitoring units is not functioning correctly, then it could send a message that causes the car to enter limp mode.

How fast can you go in limp mode? ›

It prevents a car from accelerating quickly from a stop and limits the speed once moving. Limited rpm – Typically, a car's limp mode will limit the engine's rpm (revolutions per minute) to somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000.

How long should you drive in limp mode? ›

Indefinitely, until it breaks. The purpose of the check-engine light, and limp mode as well, is to tell you that something is wrong with your engine.

Can bad gas cause limp mode? ›

If a vehicle has been misfueled and run on the contaminated fuel it will often go into limp mode. Once the fuel drain is done and all the lines have been cleaned you will often be able to reset the limp mode by leaving the vehicle off for a while. This can reset the sensors and central computer.

Will disconnecting battery reset codes? ›

Disconnecting your battery and draining the power to cause an ECU reset is one of the most common fixes for a check engine light that won't go away on its own. Doing so is equivalent to a hard reboot on a desktop computer, which is a standard way to eliminate many common problems.

How do I reset my engine failsafe mode? ›

Power on the device and wait for the status led to stop flashing (or go into failsafe mode, as described above). Press and hold the reset button for 10 seconds. Release the reset button.

What gear is limp mode? ›

While in fail-safe (or limp mode) the transmission will be locked in either 2nd. or 3rd. gear. The purpose of the transmission fail-safe mode is to allow you to drive home or to the nearest repair facility to have the transmission checked out. While in limp mode, you should limit your speed to between 35 and 40 mph.

Can an OBD reader clear limp mode? ›

Use a reliable OBD2 scan tool to clear fault codes and reset limp mode. Just plug into your OBD2 port and search for the correct function.

Can a dirty throttle body cause limp mode? ›

In the case of the throttle body (and related sensor), delayed to false information can cause the computer to make faulty corrections to the air-fuel mixture. You might notice a switch into “limp-home” mode, where the power to the car's engine noticeably reduced power is reduced no matter how hard you press the pedal.

Will throttle position sensor cause limp mode? ›

in some cases, a failing or faulty tps can cause the engine to go into what's called limp-home mode. this is a safety feature that recognizes a faulty sensor that could cause damage to the engine or drivetrain. in this situation, you will experience reduced engine power, and you may be stuck in a higher gear.

Can a dirty air filter cause limp mode? ›

Faulty / Clogged DPF

A blocked DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) will cause the car to go into limp mode as the exhaust gases are not allowed to escape normally.

Can a clogged fuel filter cause limp mode? ›

A severely dirty or clogged fuel filter can cause the vehicle to experience several engine problems: The engine's computer ends up restricting the output to protect the engine from potentially damaging particles. The car may feel sluggish, or even go into limp mode and illuminate the Check Engine light.

Can high fuel pressure cause limp mode? ›

The P2294 code indicates that there is a problem with high-pressure fuel regulator circuit. The driving behavior you outline (won't rev or achieve speed) may be due to low fuel pressure (high pressure circuit)/inadequate fuel supply, or the engine falling into "Limp Mode".

Can too much transmission fluid cause limp mode? ›

When the internal engine or transmission sensors determine a fault exists inside the transmission (which can be triggered by too much hydraulic pressure due to excessive fluid), it tends to create a limp mode, so you can slowly drive the vehicle to a repair facility.

What happens if you disconnect the positive terminal first? ›

If you disconnect the positive terminal first, one slip of your wrench could send a direct short to the ground, which can be very dangerous. Its possible that you could experience a huge spark, the wrench could melt in your hand or the battery could even explode!

Can clearing codes fix the problem? ›

When a code clears, you know that the vehicle has been restored to good working order. However, there could be occasions when clearing the codes manually is part of the repair process. For example, a check engine light can be triggered when the gas cap isn't tightened correctly.

Do trouble codes clear themselves? ›

Yes. A check engine light can reset itself.

How many restarts does it take to reset check engine light? ›

2) Turn Your Car On and Off

Doing this will cause most vehicles to reset the trouble codes and the check engine light will turn off. Most vehicles will activate this restart process after turning the car on and off about three times.

Does disconnecting battery reset everything? ›

Like desktop computers and most other electronics, disconnecting the battery cable for a short period will not fully reset your ECU due to the residual power remaining in the circuits.

Can you reset your car by disconnecting the battery? ›

On some older cars, disconnecting the battery will reset the system but in most new cars it does nothing, except potentially reset the clock and radio station presets.

How do I get my transmission out of failsafe mode? ›

Note: A transmission in fail-safe (or limp mode) will sometimes correct itself when the engine is shut off and restarted. So, if you find yourself in this situation, find a safe place to pull off the road and shut the engine off. Wait one minute and then restart the engine.

How long does it take for ECU to reset after disconnecting battery? ›

At least 5 minutes or quicker if you disconnect both terminals and hold them together. Make sure that nothing touches the battery terminals.

Is it OK to just disconnect the negative terminal? ›

Disconnect Battery Cables

Your job is to disconnect both. However, DO NOT disconnect the positive terminal before the negative one. Doing so can cause an electrical short. Always disconnect the negative battery terminal first.

How long do I disconnect battery to reset? ›

Identify the negative battery terminal, which is usually marked by a black cap and a negative (–) symbol. The red positive (+) terminal will be close by. Use a wrench to loosen the negative terminal bolt, and then take the negative cable and hold it aside. Keep it off of the battery for 30-60 seconds.

How do I reset my transmission computer? ›

Turn off your vehicle's ignition and wait patiently for 5 to 10 seconds. Start the engine and allow it to idle for several seconds. Switch off the ignition and wait patiently for another 30 to 40 seconds. Repeat these steps 2 to 3 times in order to reset your vehicle's transmission control module.

What is the difference between failsafe and fail open? ›

Both fail safe and fail secure refer to the type of access control in the event of power outage. In a fail safe configuration, the door is unlocked when power is gone. “Fail safe, or fail open, requires an electric current to hold it closed.

Do engine codes clear themselves? ›

In most cases, successfully repairing the issue that caused your light to come on will cause the check engine light to turn off automatically—but only after 10 to 20 “cycles”. A cycle, in this instance, refers to the process of turning the vehicle on, running it for some time, and turning it off again.

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