Q: car bogs down when starting from stop and when going uphill

asked by on October 09, 2016

my cars turbocharger died on me last week. i had this diagnosed by Ford dealership but my mechanic actually did the repair. When speaking to Ford mechanic I was told the engine was in Good condition and that only turbo was bad, nothing else. Now when I drove the car it bogs down going up hills and when starting from a stop it takes forever to get up to speed. Once it does it runs great. And on flat roads and downhill it's perfect. It doesn't vibrate or anything else just loses power.

What could be the issue? It also has horrific gas mileage. Also right before my turbo went out I had a battery spew battery acid out under the hood. Im sure that is playing a part in this. Please help.

My car has 155000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This may be caused by a number of things, however some common causes of difficulties accelerating like this may be related to things like a faulty mass air flow sensor or a clogged catalytic converter (specifically known to cause poor fuel mileage), low fuel pressure or many others. If you’d like, a certified YourMechanic technician can come to your location to perform a Car is slow to accelerate Inspection on your vehicle and help diagnose this issue.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

ford focus lemon automatic transmission shudder

Hi there. Unfortunately, without inspecting your Ford Focus to determine what's causing the vehicle to have difficulty it's not possible for us to give you a good recommendation. However, I can say that several 2010 - 2014 Ford Focus' have...

Radiator is leaking

If your radiator is leaking then it needs to be replaced. Hopefully the engine never got too hot when this loss of coolant occurred. Once the radiator is replaced I would typically do a cooling system pressure test to make...

Parasitic load on battery.

Cars basically use the battery at start up. Once the vehicle is running the alternator takes over and provides the car with the electricity it needs to run. If the alternator stops producing the electricity the car needs, the car...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy for Families
If If it’s time for you to search for the top used cars specifically for families, check out the list we’ve put together of the top five. The list of must-haves Typical items that families are looking for in their...
The Best Used Cars to Buy For a Graduation Gift
Your Your little bundle of joy has grown up and on the cusp of entering adulthood. Graduating is a milestone, and you want to reward their hard work and show how proud you are. Buying a used car is a...
The 5 Safest Used Cars You Can Buy For Under $20,000
The Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Chevy Volt, and the Volvo XC60 are five of the overall safest used cars you can buy for under $20,000.