Is your car struggling to accelerate? It’s time to come in for service.

car struggling accelerateIs your car struggling to accelerate? Recommended maintenance may not seem like a big deal, especially in the midst of a global pandemic, but neglecting necessary services can affect performance and reliability. These are a few possible culprits.

Damaged Exhaust System

Performance issues are a common symptom of a problematic exhaust manifold. If the pipes become damaged or corroded, they can sometimes produce an exhaust leak. A leak or crack can cause the vehicle to experience a reduction in power, ability to accelerate, and fuel efficiency due to the loss of backpressure.

Another common symptom of problems with the exhaust manifold is a burning smell from the engine bay. While manifolds are built to be heavy-duty parts, able to withstand over nine hundred degrees Fahrenheit if there are any issues with the heat shield or exhaust leaks 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.


Throttle Body

The throttle body is a valve located between the air intake filter and the intake manifold that regulates how much air is entering the engine. The throttle body valve is controlled by the driver’s input through the gas pedal—as the pedal is compressed and more air flows into the engine, the engine injects more fuel, thus allowing for more power.

If your engine seems like it’s struggling to gain power, or that its performance has noticeably decreased, you should bring your car in for a check-up.

At V&F

Recommended maintenance may not seem like a big deal, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. But it’s not something vehicle owners should ignore. Keeping up with maintenance is the only way to ensure that your vehicle maintains its performance and reliability—and it can prevent high-cost repairs in the future.

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, and we’re taking extra precautions to keep you safe during COVID-19.

Call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online. 

Written by Nicole Palange

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