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Old 07-29-2014, 10:09 PM   #1
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We bought a used 2013 Winnebago View 24G with only $10K miles. Our maiden voyage was great! We stored it outdoors for a couple of weeks and when we went to drive it today, it would not go over 20MPH? No check engine light. It will rev up in park, but will not change gears driving? Any suggestions?

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Old 07-29-2014, 11:50 PM   #2
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Sorry your here with problems.
Did you have any problems starting the RV? Sometimes a low battery will trigger all sorts of issues.
I'm a little confused by your description. "The engine revs up in park".
Will the engine achieve high RPM, in drive, but not shift out of first gear?
If this is correct then I'd be looking at electrical connections to the transmission to check for rodent damage.

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Old 07-30-2014, 04:20 AM   #3
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You are probably in what's called 'limp home mode', which is an operating condition that limits engine power when the ECU detects certain fault conditions. There are probably fault codes present (CEL or not) and you will need to pull these to find the cause. There are also certain transmission faults that will lock the transmission in 2nd gear until they are resolved. Bottom line, you'll need a code reader to go much further, and if it is a transmission problem (or any complicated engine or divetrain issue) you might need an official Mercedes scan tool. But for simple issues a generic reader may suffice.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:16 AM   #4
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Look at the parking brake not releasing fully, after you drive it a SHORT distance check the parking brake for excessive heat. It might be just rusted in place due to sitting for the couple of weeks. Limp mode will throw an engine warning light.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:43 AM   #5
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Both smiler and D Lindy have good points. Double check to ensure the Check Engine light is operational by turning the ignition to to the "On" position, but don't turn over the engine. All indicator lights should illuminate for a few seconds including the Check Engine light

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One very common issue on the Sprinters that can cause the engine to go into limp mode is a dirty EGR valve (actually this is common on many modern diesel engines of all makes.) If this is the case you'll probably see several EGR-related codes. Mercedes will want $500+ for a new valve but they can usually be easily cleaned by the owner, takes all of 30 minutes. Anyone who owns a Spinter-based vehicle will probably be doing this sooner or later, DAMHIK.

Each time you turn off the engine if you listen by the engine compartment you'll hear a humming or clicking sound, this is the EGR valve going through a self-cleaning routine and sometimes you can free a sticky valve by cycling the ignition a few times (turn ignition on without starting engine, then off, then wait about 30 seconds and repeat a few times.). This will often get you home but cleaning the valve is the correct solution.
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On the road again. :)

We called the Mercedes dealer and they suggested turning the key from off to accessory three times. What 5 minutes and it cleared the codes. Yeah it worked. Wondering if we did not have a close lightening strike from all the storms in Colorado. Enjoying the morning in Gunnison CO.
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I'd also take the few seconds to check the transmission fluid level, just to make sure low fluid wasn't to blame

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