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The Causes Behind A Sluggish Car

We rely on our vehicles to get us where we need to go on a daily basis. After a number of drives, you get to know your vehicle and how it performs. This includes how it sounds, how it handles, and the standard noises it makes. That is why noticing that your vehicle doesn’t accelerate as quickly as it used to and is performing sluggishly can be a cause for concern. 

A sluggish vehicle can be an annoyance, but can also be unfit for the road. Plus, it often points to an issue with your vehicle. Let’s look at some of the most common causes behind a sluggish running vehicle: 

Clogged or Dirty Air Filter

A clogged or dirty air filter can prevent the proper amount of air from getting into the engine, which can cause problems with its overall performance.

Bad Fuel Pump or Dirty Fuel Injectors

A problem with your car’s fuel system, such as a bad fuel pump or dirty fuel injectors, can prevent the proper amount of fuel from reaching the engine, thus causing it to run sluggishly. 

Failing Catalytic Converter

A failing catalytic converter, or a problem with the exhaust system such as a broken exhaust pipe or malfunctioning oxygen sensor, can also lead to engine trouble and a poorly performing vehicle. 

Worn Spark Plugs

Worn-out spark plugs can cause a car to run poorly, but can easily be replaced by one of our professionals. 

Transmission Problem

An issue with your car’s transmission or drivetrain can also be a culprit behind a sluggish feeling vehicle. 

Faulty Sensors

Your vehicle runs on many different sensors such as the oxygen sensor, crankshaft sensor, MAF sensor, and more. If a sensor isn’t working properly, it can greatly affect the engine’s overall performance. 

As you can see, there are many potential reasons behind a car feeling sluggish. This is why it is so important to bring your vehicle into Carlsbad Auto Service, Inc. as soon as you notice that your vehicle seems to be running poorly. Our experts can run special diagnostics and thorough inspections to determine the exact cause behind your car’s fault, and provide you with the solutions necessary to get you back on the road with a refreshed vehicle once more! Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today.

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