Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car has low power

asked by on

My car constantly has low power. It has very slow acceleration and fades out at 3000 RPMs in all gears.

Hello. The most common cause of this is low fuel pressure caused by a dirty fuel filter. If that has not been replaced recently, then I would typically start with that. I would also scan the computer for codes to see if anything comes up indicating a bad sensor. If there are no codes and if the sensors seem fine, then the fuel pressure needs to be checked. If all of this is fine, then it may be a failing turbo. These are a common failure and I diagnose it by monitoring boost to see if it is below specifications. If you are thinking of having this repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to determine why you car is showing a loss of power. From there, they can make any of the repairs that are needed to get your car safely back on the road.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car has low power

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: Does a 1985 vw jetta have a water pump because it overheats.

Hi there. Your vehicle does have a water pump. For your vehicle overheating, the water pump, thermostat, radiator or radiator cap, or the head gasket could be damaged causing the engine to overheat. Most of the time, if the engine...

Q: How do I remove the seat track on an '02 Ford Explorer?

Hello there. The seat track failure is a common failure. If the motor went bad, then it may be easier to just replace the motor itself. Seat tracks generally just bolt to the seat frame, if it does not bolt...

Q: Car idling slowly and losing power

Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing some sort of serious transmission or engine performance issue. If the transmission fluid hasn't been changed in a long time it may be possible that the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...