Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car acts as if it's not getting any gas

asked by on

When you put it in Drive you can't hit the gas or it dies or lugs until you turn it off and try again, and only on occasion does it not act up.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: This may be a failing throttle position sen...

This may be a failing throttle position sensor. This is a unit that monitors the position of your foot on the gas pedal and relays this to the computer. The computer adjusts the fuel supply to the engine based upon the position of your foot. When this sensor is not working properly, this may cause the symptoms you have described.

I would recommend having an expert mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your home to diagnose your car and replace the throttle position sensor if necessary.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Power steering belt breaking

It appears that the power steering pulley has seized as a result of a failed power steering pump on your Ford Windstar. The burning smell is due to the belt rubbing against the non-moving pulley which creates heat and friction....

Q: Electrical fault

Getting your car broken into is a pain! Often the thieves do thousands of dollars of damage to your car to steal a hundred dollars worth of stuff. It can take a long time to sort everything out. It sound...

Q: Car stalls after longer trips

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1988 Chevrolet Celebrity. There are numerous potential causes for your problem. One thing that comes to mind, however, is the ignition module. These are known for being problematic on your vehicle. The...

Related articles

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 to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...