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My peugeot 206 1.1 look runs for about 15 minutes then the

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My peugeot 206 1.1 look runs for about 15 minutes then the yellow malfunction light comes on, theres a beep and about 30 secs later car cuts out. I restart it and drive for 20 secs then cuts out again. it then gets worse and worse until it starts and cuts out staraight away.

On any car if you get a check engine light or other fault light this typically means one or more of the sensors has failed or has a faulty connection.

The ECU senses this and may put the car into 'limp home' mode which typically limits the revs and the amount of power available. Usually the car is safe to drive for a short distance as the mode is intended is intended to get you home without incurring any engine damage

The quickest route to repair is to have the car plugged into a diagnostic machine which will read off the fault code stored in the ECU (providing the light is still on at this point) and indicate which sensor has failed or whether the fault is more serious.

You can do a very rough and ready check yourself by unplugging sensors one at a time and seeing if any of them change the driving condition which would indicate the most recently unplugged sensor is the faulty one. This method is not foolproof though and reading a fault code off is the better method.
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