Q: Vehicle sputtering

asked by on February 14, 2016

My vehicle is sputtering and not accelerating like it should.

You most likely have an engine misfire. The cause could be an ignition coil, spark plug, or plug boot problem, such as the valve cover leaking oil into the spark plug hole, shorting the coil out. I recommend that you have a mechanic, like the ones from YourMechanic, come by and to scan your car’s computer and diagnose the cause of your vehicle’s sputtering.

Was this answer helpful?
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

Transmission gets stuck, reverse issues, delay in shifting

Hello. From your description it sounds like the transmission is beginning to fail. The second clutch pack fails or the sun shell cracks keeping the gear from engaging. I typically remove the transmission pan and inspect the fluid. If there...

Car radio stopped working

Hello. Most likely your radio has an internal problem that can only be fixed by replacing the radio entirely. There could be a problem with the wiring going to your radio, but this is rare and would probably cause the...

Camry 2008 Check Engine Light coming on and no acceleration above 20 km

Hello - the lack of acceleration or speed over 20kpm is classic behavior for a failed throttle position sensor. I would find out specifically what codes are now being set before spending any more money on parts or repair. Most...

Related articles

Top 10 Factors to Consider When Buying a Luxury Car
The The idea of owning a luxury car is appealing. The glossy paint, swoopy lines, and prestigious badges speak of the owner’s success in life, while the interior opulence offers scented leather surfaces, high-tech telematic devices, and all the creature-comfort...
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs
Common signs of faulty spark plugs include slow acceleration, loss of power, poor fuel economy, engine misfires, and difficulty starting the car.
How Long Does a Throttle Controller Last?
In In order for your accelerator pedal to actually work as you push down on it, it needs to be connected to the throttle. In older model vehicles there was a mechanical link that connected the throttle body and the...