Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Need tips to improve acceleration on my car

asked by on

My car has very poor acceleration. What grade of gas should I use in my gas tank? Are there any modifications that I can make to improve the acceleration?

Your vehicle is meant to use 87 octane regular gasoline. If the poor acceleration is a new issue, many mechanical faults, such as low fuel pressure or a clogged air filter may be causing the problem. Improving acceleration, even with modifications, can be a difficult and costly endeavor. If the acceleration is very abnormal, it is possible that you may be experiencing a potentially large problem. In that case, I would recommend having a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect your vehicle’s acceleration behavior to see if any repairs are needed.

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: Runs ruff

The engine will need to be scanned to see if the MAP/Boost sensor is reading correctly and the mass airflow (MAF) sensor is not contaminated. Check to see if the tube between the throttle body and the MAF sensor...

Q: Driver has to gas engine to prevent shutting down

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1993 Isuzu Pickup. If you're getting 26 mpg in a 23 year old truck, that's as good as it gets. As far as the stalling out, there are many potential causes. Since...

Q: Slow response when accelerating

Hello, There are a number of things that may cause the car to hesitate when accelerating such as low fuel pressure, a dirty or faulty mass air flow sensor, clogged or dirty fuel injectors, a faulty throttle position sensor or...

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...