Q: Car was weak starting and would barely go once I tried to drive it.

asked by on

When I started my car this morning it was very weak sounding and took a sec to turn over.... I let it run for a bit before I turned it off.... This afternoon I started it back with the same weakness, like it would hardly turn over.... When I pulled onto the road and gave it some gas it didn't seem t want to go... It just barely went, so I turned around and parked. What could this be?

My car has 151000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

It sounds like your battery or your alternator is getting weak. When the vehicle starts slowly and seems to have trouble, this is usually related to a dying or dead battery.

The alternators job is to charge the battery while the engine is running. It is possible that your alternator is not charging your battery and that is why your vehicle does not accelerate very well when you are driving.

I would recommend enlisting the assistance of a qualified professional, like one from YourMechanic, to diagnose your loss of power firsthand. They will be able to come to you and test the battery and alternator using a digital multimeter to determine if the alternator is producing the correct charging voltage. If not, the alternator or battery or both will likely need to be replaced in order to resolve 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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car was weak starting and would barely go once I tried to drive it.

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: My lights cut on, but can't start the car. It cut off when I was listening to the radio without the car being on. Is it the battery?

If the vehicle does not crank after running the battery down, this can cause the anti-theft system to engage and may need to have the system reprogrammed to work again. Look at the dash when you try to start the...

Q: Hood up or down when changing wiper arm?

Hi there. If you are unable to remove and replace the wiper arms on your vehicle due to the hood getting in the way, you may have to remove the hood to take the wiper arms off. If you need...

Q: Truck refuses to go into four-wheel drive

There is usually a certain procedure that is necessary for the switch to four wheel drive, such as selecting the neutral option on the transmission, or being stopped. If you have tried these and the vehicle still will not switch,...

Related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.