Is your car struggling to accelerate? Staying on top of recommended maintenance may not be a top priority during the busy summer months, but neglecting necessary services can affect your car's performance and reliability. Here are a few common reasons your car may be struggling to accelerate.
Damaged Exhaust System
Performance issues are a common symptom of a damaged exhaust manifold. If the pipes break or become corroded, they can produce a leak. That leak or crack will then can cause the vehicle to produce less power, affecting your ability to accelerate and decreasing your fuel efficiency.
Another common symptom of problems with the exhaust manifold is a burning smell from the engine bay. Manifolds are built to be heavy-duty parts, able to withstand over nine hundred degrees Fahrenheit. But, if there are any issues with the heat shield or exhaust, the excess heat can damage electrical and plastic parts nearby. Burning components can produce a smell, sometimes accompanied by smoke, and can lead to other issues. Any burning smells should be checked out immediately to make sure that there is not a major issue.
Our fall maintenance guide highlights the different areas of your car that you should pay special attention to this month. Read more.
The throttle body
is a valve located between the air intake filter and the intake manifold. This system regulates how much air is entering the engine and is controlled by the driver's input through the gas pedal. As the pedal is compressed, more air flows into the engine and the engine injects more fuel, thus allowing for more power.
If your engine seems like it's struggling to gain power, the throttle body may be the culprit.
Skipping a few maintenance milestones may not seem like a big deal. But it can have huge consequences— for your car and your wallet.
At V&F, all of our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. Call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.