Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car losing power; etc light

asked by on

The ETC light is coming on, and the car is losing power

A: When a warning light illuminates, usually t...

When a warning light illuminates, usually there is a module with a stored fault code that has detected a system error. Have a technician experienced with vehicle electronics scan the vehicle for any stored codes and observe vehicle data.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: The Abs came on and other brake lights came on in my car. How do I fix my car problem?

Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the car's ECU. When the ECU...

Q: Check Gauge light came on. Amps on gauge dropped to zero on gauge

Hi There, It sounds like you may have an issue with your voltage regulator. This is a unit that regulates the amperage that the alternator sends to the battery effectively making sure that the battery maintains the proper charging. When...

Q: When I press the accelerator, there is a loud vibration coming from my engine which I can feel throughout the car.

This may be a sign of a clogged catalytic converter. The catalytic converter converts toxic exhaust gases into less harmful pollutants that are suitable to be expelled into the atmosphere. When the catalytic converter is clogged, this causes these gases...

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...
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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control 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...