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CEL - Over-torqued in neutral

Last week I was in Bakersfield CA and had rented a small trailer to move a few items. My last night in Bakersfield the CEL came on. I went to the local dealer first thing the next morning and asked one of the service advisors to check for codes and reset it if possible.

The advisor didn't give me the code number or the exact name, but he said it indicated that the engine had been "over-torqued in neutral." When he said that, I remembered that in the previous day or two I had started the engine and inadvertently had my foot on the throttle as well as on the brake pedal.

The engine revved up, and I immediately removed my foot. I didn't notice how high the engine revved, but I shifted into gear and drove off. My plan was to drive across country towing the trailer, so I wanted to get the code cleared.

The service advisor cleared the code and everything was ok after that. No more CEL on the trip home or since then. I had my oil changed at the local dealer after I got home and told them about the CEL and what the other service advisor said. They didn't notice anything unusual.

Something to watch for. I'll try to do better keeping my big foot off the throttle when starting.

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Re: CEL - Over-torqued in neutral

The logic behind this CEL is that you should not put your foot on the brake and throttle at the same time. That is needed in a lot of situations like off road going up steep slopes etc so that is something that Jeep need to tweak.
Over torquing the engine in neutral is impossible as there is virtually no torque being generated in neutral.
I think his choice of words was bad. I could understand over rev'ed but not over torqued...
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Re: CEL - Over-torqued in neutral

I agree with you regarding his choice of words. I knew it couldn't have been over-torqued, and I don't think I over-revved it. Just a case of my big foot not squarely on the brake pedal. Apparently revved enough in Park, not Neutral, for a CEL.

I didn't know revving it up would do that.
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