Q: Car shakes and won't accelerate.

asked by on December 22, 2015

Car will not accelerate and is shaking a lot.

This may be due to an issue with your ignition system. A severe misfire can cause an engine to accelerate very poorly and can also cause the vehicle to shake badly. If you have a check engine light I would recommend seeking the help of a technician to check your vehicle for trouble codes. Once the trouble codes are found they will point the technician in the right direction to diagnose the issue fully.

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