Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Hesitates when accelerating

asked by on

It feels like it is hopping when accelerating. Could it be the catalytic converter?

My car has 200 miles.

Hello. This can be caused by the catalytic converter, but that is not too common with this symptom. If there is a hopping feeling, which is similar to a misfire, then most of the time this is caused by a bad spark plug or ignition coil. I have seen the ignition coils fail frequently on this vehicle. I usually check the computer for codes first and if nothing is found then I do a balance test of the engine to see which cylinder is causing the issue. This issue can also occur if the vehicle has not been tuned up in some time. If you want to have this hesitation checked out, consider a YourMechanic certified technician, who can come to your home or office to perform a engine hesitates during acceleration inspection on your vehicle.

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

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: Vehicle does not start.

Hello, your car need three things to start: power, spark, and fuel. I would first and the battery cables cleaned to make sure that there is power getting to the ignition. A technician from YourMechanic can help you with this....

Q: Shift to P to drive when I'm already driving?

Try to contact a dealer in your area to see if your vehicle is under the recall for the transmission parking pawl problem. This may fix the problem you are having. There are a few other recalls that your vehicle...

Q: 2002 Grand Marquis rear suspension and tough steering

Hi there: If you have air suspension on your 2002 Grand Marquis, the issue might be mechanical as opposed to a sensor. To know for sure, you should have a professional mobile mechanic come to your home and complete a...

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...
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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...