What Does Engine Power Reduced Mean on a Chevy Equinox?

2022 Chevrolet Equinox Parked Outside Building

What does “Engine Power Reduced” mean on a Chevy Equinox? If you see this warning pop up on your dashboard, there’s no need to panic. However, it’s important to head to a service center as soon as possible. Why? “Engine Power Reduced” means that something is malfunctioning, and you’ll need a technician to inspect under the hood. Let’s go into some of the most common reasons you’ll encounter this alert, and get more service tips from the experts at Larry Puckett Chevrolet.



Why Do I Have This Alert?

If you have an “Engine Power Reduced” alert, it could be the result of a number of different issues. But, the most common culprit is a dirty throttle body. This occurs when the throttle body is clogged with debris and can’t allow air to pass smoothly into the engine. What are the signs of a dirty throttle body?

  • Reduced fuel economy
  • Poor or high idle
  • Inconsistent or slow acceleration
  • Electrical issues
  • Uneven airflow
  • “Check engine” light

Can I Drive Home with This Alert?

In an emergency, you can drive with the “Engine Power Reduced” alert because of the built-in Limp Mode. Limp Mode delivers just enough power to get to a safe location, but it severely limits your driving capabilities. Your speed will be limited, which could be dangerous on the Montgomery highways and busy roads in Wetumpka. If you want to be safe, you can call roadside assistance or a towing company.

How Can I Fix My Chevy Equinox?

When you visit the service center, our technicians will use an OBDII scan tool to pull up diagnostic information. This will reveal the source of the malfunction, so our technicians can get to work. Once we pinpoint the problem, we’ll let you know the steps needed to repair your Chevy Equinox for good.

Schedule Your Service with Larry Puckett Chevrolet Today

We’ve gone over “What does engine power reduced mean on a Chevy Equinox?” So if you’re ready for a service, we’re ready to help at Larry Puckett Chevrolet! Schedule your service online at your convenience, and contact us with any questions in the meantime. We’re located in Prattville, just a short drive from Millbrook, so stop by.


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