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RS172 Limp mode >6800 RPM - DF254+DF002 - throttle body?

  RS172 PH2
This one has been tripping me up for the past few weeks.

Whenever I rev my RS172 above ~6800rpm the engine goes in limp mode - no response to accelerator inputs. However the car works perfectly fine in any rpm range below that. I can arbitarily mash the accelerator, and ring it out to 6500 rpm consistently without a hitch. Car drives and idles fine. The fault also triggers while stationary, gear in neutral.

When the fault occurs, the engine keeps revving between 2000 to 3000 rpm. This is the exact same behaviour that occurs when the throttle body connector is disconnected. This lead me to replace the throttle body as my guess was at high RPM the airflow is highest, placing the most load on the butterfly valve causing it to go out of spec and throw the error. Bought a new in box one from ebay which initially seemed to fix things but then showed same symptons and failed in stuck open position a few weeks in. I'm debating whether to buy a new one from a more reputable vendor.

Fault codes that pop up:

DF002 - Circuit potentiometer papillon
DF254 - Commande papillon motorise - 2.DEF

What I cannot wrap my head around - why does this only happen close to the rev limiter? I searched and found others with the same codes, but nobody mentions the close-to-rev-limiter behaviour.

Any guesses?


ClioSport Club Member
  Titanium 182
Check the connection on the big white plug in the fuse box for any corrosion.

Can cause havoc with all sorts of issues, but fairly common for throttle problems.
  RS172 PH2
Thanks for the quick reply! I checked the connector, it did not look bad but there definitely was some corrosion on some of the pins. I reinserted the plug a couple of times which should at least temporarily clean the corrosion off. Will see if the problem persists on my way to work tomorrow.


ClioSport Club Member
  Titanium 182
If not, try come contact cleaner to dissolve the corrosion.

Not that common for the throttle body or pedal to be faulty really, although it's not unheard of.


ClioSport Club Member
  clio 172 phase 2
Does the idle go mental sometimes ?
I had a similar problem a few years ago and it turned out the be the pins on the plug on throttle pedal.
It would randomly idle really high or rev up on its own.

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  RS172 PH2
Update: reinserting the plug a couple of times did nothing. I then went and bought some contact spray the next day and applied a liberal amount to the suspected culprit... but unfortunately no change in behaviour.

@497adam no, the car idles just fine, I don't experience any issues with throttle sticking until the fault triggers and the 2K-3K rpm cycling starts.

I still suspect the throttle body, though I wonder why the new part failed. Perhaps there is some sort of calibration procedure that I missed? From what I could find the ECU learns the throttle stops automatically by turning on the contact for >5 seconds and then turning it off again.
  RS172 PH2
Ok, some 'progress':

a) yesterday I got ~2000 rpm idle for a bit. At the same time I was able to reach 7000 rpm without limp mode enaging a couple of times, though bouncing of the limiter in neutral engages limp mode in 3 seconds.

b) today the zigzag icon illuminated before I started the car. Car did start but idled at ~2000 rpm, no response to throttle pedal (revs did not rise because throttle was completely closed when error occurred?). I disconnected and reconnected the dreaded white plug and warning light went away.

It seems messing with the white plug does change the behaviour. I completely soaked both parts of the connector in contact cleaner to marinate over night. Looks like perhaps a wiring job may be in order.

Thanks for pointing me towards the white plug guys!
  RS172 PH2
Just in case anyone stumbles across this thread:
I traced the resistor power, ground and 2x signal to the ECU and spliced in new wiring from close to the ecu directly to the trottle with new crimps on the throttle end. This did nothing to change the issue.

I then ordered another new throttle valve as I did not see any other possible cause for the issue apart from the ECU being faulty. Also I had noticed the throttle valve in the car started making more noise than it used to do. This time it had a production date in 2020, while my other 'new' ebay throttle valve had a 2013 production code. I have now driven ~2000 kilometers with the new throttle valve and so far all is well.

It makes such a big difference being able to rev until the shift light comes on instead of the orange coil warning light.. :)