Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car driving sluggish

asked by on

My car is driving sluggishly. It is slow to pick up speed.

One of the most common causes for a vehicle to suddenly lose power is a failure in either the fuel system or in the catalytic converter. If the Check Engine Light is coming on, then a mechanic would typically start by scanning the computer for codes. If there are any stored codes then that can give the best direction on where to start. If there are not any codes then the fuel pressure would need to be tested first. It can also be caused by a loose timing belt that is worn out. Though there are many other parts that can cause this, these are the most common. Have a certified mechanic inspect your vehicle’s acceleration to see what’s going wrong.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
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

Q: What do I have to fix about my ignition

You most likely moved the rotating gear for the ignition to the wrong position when you used the screw driver to turn the ignition. You may have damaged the ignition contact rod in the column as well. You should have...

Q: Knock sensor how long can I driver it knowing the issue

It all depends on the problem the knock sensor is causing. If your engine is pinging when you accelerate then you may damage the piston and valves by driving it. It is not a matter of giving a time but...

Q: Poor acceleration

The engine is equipped with fuel injection and pumping the gas pedal may be an indication that the fuel pressure is lower than normal or that the throttle control valve is malfunctioning. I recommend having the computer scanned for codes...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...