Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: no power on car unless the gas is floored

asked by on

Ok my name is Jesse and I got a 01 sonata v6 and when I go to drive it it won't go like if the catalyctic converter is closed up so I took it to a shop n tgey said it was but I'm not to sure yet cause I looked at my timing belt and it is ripping up so can that cause my car to run like that as if the catalyctic converter is clogged? Once I floor it it will go but if I barely push the gas it goes slow but at half it won't go si u think it can cause this the belt? Bfor I get the catalyctic converter s? Thank u for the info n help

My car has 88000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. It is possible that the timing belt ...

Hello. It is possible that the timing belt and catalytic converter are damaged at the same time. Or for the same reasons. If the belt is ripping up, you should stop driving the vehicle ASAP as if it brakes while driving it can cause serious internal engine damage. Your best bet is to contact one of our mechanics who could complete both services at the same time. If you replace the timing belt but not fix the catalytic converter, the excess pressure from the catalytic converter could cause additional damage to the vehicle as well. If you would like to have one our mechanics diagnose the loss of power and walk you through correct repairs, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your location in order to inspect the car firsthand.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Engine sputtering after refueling

Hi There, This is likely related to your EVAP emissions system and something called a purge solenoid. The EVAP system prevents fuel vapors from the fuel tank from escaping into the atmosphere. The EVAP system collects and temporarily stores the...

Q: Front wheels over heating and smoking break pedal gets rock hard

Hi there. This is an issue with the master cylinder. The master cylinder binds internally and causes the brakes to drag. It can also be a twisted brake line, but that is not as common unless it occurred right after...

Q: Serpentine belt came off of 2004 Lexus IS 300

Hi. The timing has a service life of 90,000 miles. Depending on the vehicle's mileage and the last time the timing belt was changed, it will determine when you need to have it replaced. The water pump itself has no...

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...
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...
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...