Not getting where you want to fast enough? We’ve heard many questions from our clients about possible causes as to why their vehicles are accelerating slowly. There are many reasons to consider, so we’ve put together a checklist you can consult if your car is experiencing acceleration issues.
We know this sounds like a no-brainer, but sometimes an emergency brake can get stuck, or has problems disengaging fully. If this is the case, you’ll have to get to a service station as soon as possible.
A common issue that coincides with acceleration issues is a clutch that doesn’t engage the gearbox with the engine correctly. This might be due to mechanical error, but a slipping clutch is also one of those mechanical issues that need to be sorted out sooner rather than later.
The timing belt
A timing belt is one of the car parts that don’t often give car owners problems, but if the belt was misplaced after a service, or does actually need maintenance, you’ll have to get it replaced.
If your car has an electronic control unit, an error in its system can cause you to accelerate at less than a stellar speed. Unfortunately, it is difficult to diagnose by laymen, which means if you suspect your car’s electronics are the problem, we recommend you pay us a visit.
Apart from your car’s electronic systems, its wiring and sensor are also susceptible to wear and tear, and as such, can get errors and short circuits, sending incorrect information to the engine, resulting in poor acceleration.
Another component that can cause slow acceleration issues is a dirty fuel filter. If your fuel filter is dirty, it will, over time, prevent fuel from providing your engine with the necessary energy it needs to function at its peak This translates directly into slow acceleration in a car, among other issues. Luckily, maintaining or replacing a fuel filter is relatively easy.
These are some of the most common issues that could result in slow acceleration in cars. If you’ve gone through the checklist, or are unsure what might be causing your car to accelerate slowly, don’t hesitate to give us a call today!