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Depends.  Usually around 15 mph if I recall and usually just enough time to get you off the interstate, maybe to next exit.  The whole concept is to keep from tearing up your engine.  If it can’t communicate it thinks worse case scenario.  Now low coolant sensor will shut you down completely in about 10 seconds.  If that pops up, get off the road immediately.

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Dealer traced back to the ecm, despite them telling me these were on a long backorder wait list, it arrived the day after approving the quote.

The service advisor told me that the truck was in 95% power reduction limp mode.  Which equated to ver rough, low rpm idle.  It would move at about 1mph which was great because it needed to move to get it in a place for the tow truck.

Thinking back maybe I had some telltale signs.  Intermittent tcm j1939 communication errors, intermittent low oil alarms and intermittent outside air temp readings. 

Based on the drive home, the downshifts seem crisper.  Idle seems better and throttle response seems better than before it went into limp mode.

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Another happy ending!!!   Good to hear it was fairly simple, though not likely cheap.

BTW, thanks for stopping back and letting us know the outcome.  So often, someone starts a thread, gets suggestions, and never lets us know how it turned out.

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30 minutes ago, bigredhdt said:

I have heard others with the oil wicking issue, so I wanted to ask this question.   I opened up the oil level sensor and there is oil in the connector.  Do I need to change the sensor or just get the anti wicking jumper or both?

Two unrelated problems. If the connector on the oil pressure sensor is wet with oil, it's likely the sensor is on it's way out. If the passthroughs haven't been changed, change them. They're due.

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