Q: When nearing low fuel, car will lose acceleration power, wheel will lock as well. Battery & Shift icon come on, has a few CEL's on

asked by on

My car, when low on gas, will lock up after first starting and accelerating. Gas pedal does not work, and power steering locks up. Power remains on, and my battery & transmission shift light come on. Check Engine light has been on for a while, and gas mileage has been very poor lately. Does not want to accelerate to high speeds quickly, struggles with that. RPM's jump around when idling. Check English Light Codes: PO172, PO139, PO101, PO130, PO129. Can't find answers online, and do not have a maintenance record. Thank you!

My car has 139000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello, thank you for writing in. There is one major issue that is likely causing everything else you are experiencing. This is your fuel system. You need to start by checking and/or replacing your fuel pump. When it gets low, it may be sucking up debris from the fuel tank or simply malfunctioning. Either way, the lack of fuel seizes up your pedal, which in turn causes the engine to loose power. This in turn causes everything driven by your drive belts and powered by the engine to malfunction, including your power steering, alternator, and battery. For more help with testing, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. When nearing low fuel, car will lose acceleration power, wheel will lock as well. Battery & Shift icon come on, has a few CEL's on

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: Dashboard lights come on suddenly

Hello. There are several reasons that might explain why these three warning lights are illuminated in your dashboard intermittently. It is very likely that a diagnostic trouble code has been stored in the Powertrain Control Module (PCM). It is also...

Q: I have V8 4.6 Eddie Bauer Explorer. When I take off, at the end of first and second gear there's a rattle noise.

The noise you may be hearing is a pre ignition ping caused by a combination of a lean fuel to air mixture and advanced ignition timing. The most common cause of this engine pinging noise. You should first have the...

Q: ALL THIS EVEN WITH NEW FUEL PUMP! I've had it in for over a month and the problem is still on going.

Sounds like you have a wiring issue. Most likely a broken wire somewhere in the harness. It could be at any circuit - fuel, ignition, or ECU. Sounds like something that a specialist should take a look at. It might...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...
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...