Why Is My Car Not Accelerating?

car not acceleratingIs your car taking forever to accelerate or not accelerating at all? Unfortunately, this can be due to a number of vehicle hiccups. We’ll go over the causes of cars not accelerating. In many cases, you will need to bring your car to an auto repair service to pinpoint the exact issue.

Common Causes of Cars Not Accelerating

1. Parking Brake

Your car may be perfectly alright; you just left the parking brake on. This is a common mistake, so quickly eye the brake to be sure you didn’t leave it on.

2. Neutral

You may also have left the car in neutral. This will also cause the car to stand still even as you press down on the gas pedal.

3. Dirty Fuel Filter

The fuel filter might be dirty. This prevents enough fuel from reaching the engine and accelerating. Clean the filter or replace it.

4. Worn Timing Belt

When you accelerate, the wheels turn and increase RPM. If the belt is worn, the acceleration will be erratic or fail altogether. Check the timing belt for fraying or a tickling noise when the car is in motion.

5. Electrical Problems

Electrical issues may cause the car’s computer to misread pollution errors. You will have to take your car to an auto service to determine a problem in the vehicle computer. Most likely the problem is a malfunctioning oxygen sensor.

6. Air Flow Malfunction

The air flow meter is located adjacent to the inlet air cleaner. It measures air flow and sends the data to the car’s ECU. An improper reading may prevent vehicle acceleration.

We’ll Determine Why Your Car Isn’t Accelerating

All vehicle models, including hybrid cars, may struggle to accelerate. If you experience this, then bring your car to Monroe Foreign Auto Repair. A car not accelerating can be an indicator of a number of faulty systems.

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