Q: Losing power while driving

asked by on February 13, 2016

I was losing power while driving. And now my car will not start. I may need a new battery and alternator.

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Hi. If by losing power you mean the car lacked power, it’s unlikely the problem is with the charging system. Lack of power indicates an engine performance problem. This could be anything from a clogged catalytic converter to a worn fuel pump. Checking technical service bulletins (TSBs) for your vehicle, I did find one that might pertain. It is TSB 06-22-4 and lists symptoms including spark knock, hesitation and hard starting. The fix is to do with a re-flash of the powertrain control module (PCM). This is a long shot and I strongly suggest you have a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the loss of power your vehicle is experiencing.

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