Why Does My Car Loose Power When Climbing A Hill?

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]In order for a car to operate efficiently, it needs to regulate the correct flow of air, fuel and compression. Any compromise to this process could result in a significant loss of power. While there is a wide range of causes that could result to this, there are number of common culprits. We will be looking at this and possible fixes.


Clogged Fuel Filter


When you put your foot down on the accelerator and don’t get the reaction you expect, it could mean there’s a problem with the fuel system. The most likely issue is a clogged fuel filter. The purpose of the fuel filter is to ensure that dirt and debris doesn’t get into the fuel system, so over time, it may need to be cleaned or replaced. When the fuel filter is clogged, the fuel pump has to work much harder, resulting in a far less efficient drive. This means you can’t get the power you need if you’re trying to accelerate when overtaking or going uphill. While the fuel filter is the most common problem with the fuel system and is the easiest to fix, a lack of power could also point to issues with the fuel line or the fuel pump.


Bad Fuel Injectors


If fuel injectors are either clogged or leaking, this can cause the car to struggle when trying to reach high revs. If there are fuel injector problems, these are likely to be accompanied by other problems, including issues with ignition, misfiring and even an increased smell of fuel around the car.


Air-conditioner Draining Car Power


If your car is losing power in hot temperatures, it’s important to be aware that your air conditioning uses a portion of your engine’s power. So if you are going on a long journey on a particularly hot day, you might feel like your car just doesn’t have the pull you’d normally expect.


Over Heated Cooling System


The cooling system is designed to maintain the engine at a particular temperature. In very high external temperatures, an overloaded heating system would cause the cooling fan to start working harder, taking power away from the engine and reducing performance levels.

If the weather is cool and the engine is overheating, this points to a more serious problem. Always keep an eye on the engine temperature, because driving with a hot engine is likely to cause serious permanent damage to a car. Power loss from an overheated cooling system could also be experienced if the car is at high altitudes, where the air is thin.


Blocked Catalytic Converter


If you feel your car is accelerating more slowly than usual, it could be a sign of a clogged catalytic converter. Your car’s catalytic converter cuts down on harmful emissions by using catalysts to convert harmful pollutants into water and less harmful gases before releasing them via the exhaust. A clogged catalytic converter blocks gases, meaning that the engine cannot rev to its maximum capacity. If this is the case, take the car to a mechanic to diagnose and clear it out.


Timing Belt Problems


While timing belt or chain problems are relatively rare, if the belt/chain is not properly maintained, is incorrectly installed or does not have the correct tension, it can cause the engine valves to open and close at incorrect intervals. This will result in a loss of power, often accompanied by a rattling noise from the engine.

Like we mentioned earlier, there are many reasons your car could be loosing power. You can schedule a diagnostic inspection with a specialist by following this link HERE and we will contact you within 24 hours.

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About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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