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Restricted performance jaguar s type 2003 flashing engine light.

Mechanic's Assistant: Just to clarify, can you tell me which light it is? And does it blink first, then stay on steady?

The light is the engine light, and blinks, not fast

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your F-Type yourself? What have you tried so far?

It is an S Type, and yes, there are no dealers for hours

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

What is the cause of the error light

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Jaguar Mechanic: Matt, Engineer replied 1 month ago
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Hello and welcome to Just Answer

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 fault can be something quite simple and nothing that’s going to stop the car to something quite major that will reduce engine power and possibly stop the engine

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.

You can also try resetting the car by removing both battery leads and clamping them together for 10 mins as this will reset everything so if the light re-appears then the fault is still there.
Disconnect the battery cables and clamp them together for 10 mins. Remove both battery leads from the battery then use a nut and bolt or G-clamp to hold both battery lead terminals together.

This discharges any capacitors / memory within the ECU and around the car so ensures all memory settings are wiped clear - back to the factory default

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Jaguar Mechanic: Matt, Engineer replied 1 month ago

if you can tell me how the car is driving with this fault light on then I may be able to diagnose further

but if it seems OK then its likely to be something trivial

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Thanks Matt

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