Q: Check engine light on and car bogging down

asked by on

The preowned car that I recently purchased (3.0 L), drove great for about a month and then when going home from work, 4 blocks later while speeding up on the interstate ramp, my check engine light came on and the car felt like it was bogging down. I was thinking perhaps it has to do with the sport-mode transmission or gear slipping or perhaps because my gas lid is messed up. Before taking it to the dealership, I’d like your assessment of all this?

Hi there. If the Check Engine Light came on, then there is a problem that the computer is seeing. If the light is flashing, then it may have a misfire. If not, then it is something else in the powertrain. It would not be the gas lid because that would not cause a loss of power. I would typically start by scanning the computer for codes to get a sense of where I should begin to inspect the problem. It can be anything from a tune-up problem, to a weak fuel pump, or even a transmission failure. Scanning the computer is the only way to start with this diagnostic process. If you need to have this repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your Check Engine Light and make the appropriate repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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. Check engine light on and car bogging down

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: Headlights not working in 2002 Jaguar X-Type

Your car has two options for headlights. Standard halogen for high and low beam, or HID for low beam and halogen for high beam. I'm going to assume you have the HID option. The bulb itself has no filament and...

Q: Car stalled, won't start up - 2000 Chrysler Neon

A stall with no restart can often be traced back to a failed engine speed sensor or position sensor. The engine computer relies on this information as it communicates where the engine is in its rotation and the computer uses...

Q: Gear shift cable broken

Hello, depending on how the shifter cable is broken, the cable, the linkage, or both might have to be replaced. The only way to see what has failed is to visually inspect the cable and linkage. You may have to...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
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...