My Car Won’t Accelerate: What Is The Problem?
For those of us in the business, this is one of the most asked questions that we come across. Since there can be quite a few reasons why this happens we have put together a list of the most common causes that lead to your car not wanting to accelerate.
Emergency Brake Is Still On
Believe it or not, this is actually the commonest cause of poor acceleration. We live such hectic lives these days many of us drive on automatic mode and so easily forget something as elementary as disengaging the emergency brake.
Still in Neutral
Not thinking about exactly what you are doing when driving strikes again. Though this generally is a problem that most people figure out in seconds, forgetting your car is in neutral is something that at one time or another we have all done.
Low Fuel Pressure
Insufficient fuel or low fuel pressure is another major cause of poor acceleration or indeed none at all. You should check your fuel gauge to be sure you are not out of gas and if this is not the cause of the problem then you will need to take it to an expert to get the car checked over. The source of this problem could be anything from a blocked fuel filter to a faulty carburetor.
In modern cars so much depends on the electronics that it is possible that poor acceleration is down to the engine management system not working properly. Should this be the cause of your problem then even if you are a good mechanic you will need to take it to an auto shop as to diagnose the problem will require expensive equipment only auto shops possess.
Worn Timing Belt
A timing belt is a critical part of the engine. The failure of one of these belts will lead to an engine destroying itself but even a worn one can lead to an engine not working properly.
A worn timing belt will often let out a deafening screeching sound at time of a sharp increase in your engines RPM. Though being a concern this doesn’t always indicate that your belt requires immediate replacement. Should you be in doubt take your car to the repair shop at the soonest possible convenient time to get it looked at.