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Chevy Traverse "Reduced Engine Power" ~ Engine Sputtering & Stalled

Discussion in 'Chevy Traverse Forum (GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave)' started by ChevyFan, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    My wife was sitting in the Traverse the other day while I was busy doing something. She got out and sent me a text explainging that the engine was sputtering then it died and came up with a "Reduced Engine Power" message in the DIC.

    At first, I was like, "What did you do?" ... she said nothing and I could tell in her eyes that she was starting to turn, like "did we buy a junk vehicle?" Even though we've now had this Traverse for just about 9 months with no problems at all.

    So I get to the vehicle. It's parked on about a 30-degree uphill parking lot incline and there is almost no fuel in the gas tank. haha. I started it up and it died, started it up and it died while I was trying to back it up and turn. I got to flat ground and it started up and run just fine. I immediately drove it to the gas station and filled up the thirsty girl. No problems since then.
  2. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Not uncommon to happen with low fuel on an incline. My wife has done the same thing in the HHR a couple times, any incline when shes under an 1/8 tank gives the same results, and she has a bad habit of running her tank as low as possible despite all my warnings.
    I have a Jeep Wrangler that hates inclines, any incline either up hill, down hill or sideways with a 1/4 or less leaves me having to roll to flat ground, if its running it can sit on an incline until the tanks dry.

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