6 Causes Of Car Won’t Accelerate Symptoms

4. Dirty or Clogged Fuel Filters

A dirty or clogged fuel filter is another reason for the appearance of the symptoms of car not accelerating when required to do so. With a dirty fuel filter, the engine won’t be getting enough fuel which means that the vehicle won’t be going anywhere nor will it be giving the acceleration performance that it should. Replace it as soon as possible.

5. Clogged or Dirty Air Filters

Just like the fuel filter provides the engine with the clean fuel, the air filters provide the engine of a vehicle with clean to be used in the air-fuel mixture which will be sent to the combustion chambers to burn. If an air filter is clogged, then the engine won’t get the right air-fuel mixture resulting in decrepit and slow acceleration. Replace it as soon as possible.

6. The Timing Belt

This component is as it sounds. The timing belt is something like a VIP in the list key of components of an engine. If this belt is off even by 1 tooth, it may cause some pretty notable acceleration problems.

However the list of culprits does not end here. The culprits behind the slow acceleration may be a slipping clutch, the transmission system itself or an unexpected or unrelated problem which may surprise even the veterans in the mechanics.

Take the vehicle to a reliable mechanic and let him give it a full checkup. This will let that mechanic catch onto that problem and will let him deal with it.

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107 thoughts on “6 Causes Of Car Won’t Accelerate Symptoms

  1. I have a 98 ford ranger that occasionally looses power & won’t accelerate. Can happen anytime on freeway or surface streets. It only last a few seconds then it’s ok again. No smells, no warning lights, nothing to indicate a problem. Mechanics can’t find any problem. Replaced battery then fuel filter then idle control motor. Still same problem but only for seconds & can go 200 to 1000 miles before it happens again. Can’t keep fix in stuff it isn’t. Any suggestions?

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    1. it so complicated, so the problem comes sometimes and take only for a second?
      i mean when problem occur, it continuous or just a second then comeback normal again?

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    2. i had a similar issues with a 94 ranger it randomly happened throughout the summer. i ended up needing my alternator replaced.

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    3. Have to replaced fuel filter and all of that? I would say if yes then I would change where you get your gas some places will sell bad gas or have leaks in their ground holdings that allow water or contaminates in. Sounds like the fuel systems just flushing out something bad every now and then and struggling while processing it through the motor.

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    1. Possible causes and easiest step you can do:
      check clogged exhaust pipe
      check fuel pump weak
      and please also chcek the compression of each cylinder

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  2. i have a 99 honda crv. the timing belt jumped which affected the four valves out the sixteen valve, my mechanic worked on the engine by replacing the valves and the gasket but since after the work the car acceleration is not normal again. it is so slow especially at idle speed.when you accelerate it somehow sluggish to pick. what could be the likely problem

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  3. I have a 2005 Toyota Camry drives normal for a while then just stops, motor is still running but when you push on the gas pedal it does nothing. I can shut the car off and restart it and I will drive fine again for a while.

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  4. I have a 2014 Toyota Corolla Axio, where the gas pedal is not accelerating when pressed. When I got it checked out, the mechanic is saying that the ECU is damaged. Could this be the case?

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  5. When i turn my truck on it just sort of shakes from side to side and it doesnt sound like it has much power and when you accelerate it wont accelerate at all its a 1997 chevy cheyenne 2500 single cab

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  6. On my car the coil packs were causing it to not accelerate. Had to replace them, more than once. There is something (many things!) wrong with Dodge Darts.

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  7. I have a 99 Chevrolet P/UP 5.3L , I’m having acceleration problems, the odometer jumping up to 25mph. to 35mph. then down to 0. The break light flashing, and vehicle will not go fast, all you hear is the motor rising. Any words of wisdom ?

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  8. I have a 2012 Nissan Note and I was driving it one day up a hill/slope and it wasn’t going when I pressed the gas pedal. From that day I was not able to accelerate and my car not driving the same anymore.

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  9. I have a 2003 Subaru legacy L sedan and when I come to a stop and then press the gas pedal it’s almost non responsive and sluggish. I have changed the fuel pump and I’m going to change the pcv valve but I don’t know if that’s going to fix it please help.

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  10. I have a 1989 BMW 325i and when i floor it the rpm’s go up but it doesnt accel like a normal car its only got 200xxx miles on it, any help?

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  11. I have 1999 rx300 Its sluggish in movement especially when going up a hill and when on reverse. It moves sluggishly for some seconds and then accelerate backk. After applying brake to accelerate the car it moves sluggishly. Please what could possibly be the cause

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  12. i have 2007 mitsubishi grandis 2.0L di-d (volkswagen engine) . it was driving fine then all of a sudden would drop down in speed still with my foot to the floor, then it would gradually build back up . now the car will start after a good bit of persuasion but as soon as i rev it it cuts out . i put a new fuel filter in it and made no difference

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  13. I have a truck Man,tGA1999 ,it suffers from accelration pRoblem ,after driving about 8 km .
    And at that time, even at full accelrate pressing vehicle reduce speed dont move in speed that it should have.

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  14. I have a 2001 Ford Taurus that when I hit the gas it goes slow maybe like 20 mph. It just started last night. I was told to put transmission fluid in it.

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  15. I have a 06 vauxhall astra petrol 1600twinport it doesn’t accelerate in first gear takes awhile to pick up speed and is a bit jumpy in neutral at 2000revs 98000+miles

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  16. I have a 92 Toyota Camry, I was driving to work one morning and notice the car was struggling to go over 20 mph and i changed the spark plug wires assuming they were the problem they were misfiring. now when i press on the gas it picks up very slow and sluggish. It has new spark plugs , new gasket just did the oil change, all my fluids are good,

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  17. 2006 Chrysler Town and Country..has a slow start when accelerating. The rpms go to almost 3 before you feel it change gears.. a few weeks ago I went to.pull out on a hwy and go and it made a grinding noise so I instantly letnoff gas.the noise stopped the second I let up and has not happend again but I have been babying the car. A friend said it’s the water pump…im not to sure

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  18. I have Mazda6, 2004. It does not accelerate after starting. I have to warm the engine for twenty minutes, then it runs smooth. No acceleration prpblem then. Moreover, overdrive option turns on by itself sometime while driving.

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  19. i have 2007 Hyundai Matrix 1.8. In the past couple of months my engine check light has been always on and when i checked with a local workshop on the issue, initially it was said to be O2 sensor. Once they had changed the O2 sensor the real problem started, only after a couple of days (1 or 2 days) first the engine check light came on again and later on the car starts to decelerates abruptly to a near stop. I had to stop the car to the side and turn off and on the engine again to get it to running again.
    I had brought my car to the workshop again to be checked and this time they changed the gearbox, the fuel injector and the fuel pump but to no avail. The error on the engine check light showed to be the O2 sensor so the workshop technician could be due to a dirty engine manifold and sent for cleaning. But still the problem exist, even the workshop themselves have given up on what could be the issue.
    My patience has been running thin and the frequency the car stop abruptly has increased. Please help me as i am really clueless to solve this problem. Thanks.

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  20. I have a 2012 Chrysler 200, when the AC is on my car seems to act sluggish and won’t accelerate very well. Any suggestions on what to have checked?

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  21. i have a 1998 ford puma 1.7
    when i floor the gas pedal the rpm rise but the car doesent accelerate for a second
    what might be the problem?

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  22. Hi,
    I have a Toyota corolla 2008 , when i press the gas it is very sluggish , and make a noise like a race car, rpm of motor goes to 5000 for 50km/h

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  23. I have a 02 buick century & when I drive my car wont accelerate I had a street mechanic look at it & he say its my upper ..oxygen senor..all I know is when I drive it takes a long time to pick up speed no matter how hard I press on the peddle & its usually a lot of white smoke to what do you think the problem could be? The oxygen Senor or maybe something else??

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  24. Lexus V8

    Had an issue with the feul pump … If I hit the gas she would just die and struggle to start again … Dropped the tank … Found the earth wire snapped … Fixed it … Drove Fine for a day … Now she took really long to start up then after she finally did start she had low idle … Extremely slow rev pick up … And If i rev her up to 2000 Rpm and let her come down again she backfires …

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  25. Hey. I have a 2011 model daihatsu move 660 cc. I had 3 passengers with me yesterday and as we got on the bridge , the car just stopped accelerating. No matter how hard i push the accelerator it won’t go above 30 kmph. Is it possible coz of the plugs? Or is there another fault. My car is automtic

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  26. I have a 2005 chevy impala and my problem is that when I am at a red light the car will not go forward even though the car is running. There is no rough idle it just doesn’t accelerate. I turn it off and try again it accelerates briefly then loses acceleration. What could be the issue?

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  27. I have a 2013 Nissan Versa that will be slow when I take off from a light and then shifts to a normal speed. Ive used fuel cleaner, fuel injector cleaner, but I have not had a oil change for about 7000 miles.what do you think the problem can be and about what would it cost.

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  28. Marilynn and Luis · Edit

    I have a nissan 2011 sentra that isnt aclerating properly or at all i cant go more up that 10per/m after i hit the curve i already changed both of my tires but now im having this problem and its also haveing a rotten egg smell and most of my dashboad lights r on. What could this be???

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  29. I have Hyundai accent 2002 auto car.some times when accelerated engine is not speedup.try to knocking.( while running)why it happen?

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  30. hey my accelerater goes to the bottom when I press it without me trying and the fastest it will go is very slow it wont hardly move when I make it go all the way down can u help me. is it because I don’t got an air filter my air filter is piping out the bonnet

    Plz email me at Jakemalcom2002@gmail.com

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  31. Nissan serena 2008 model problem climbing uphill,changed the spark plugs but still nothing has changed on normal road it’s fine and performs ok.

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  32. 2014 nissan versa. While turning car wouldn’t accelerate. car rocked back and forth with Rpms going up. Car finally accelerated. Took it to the dealership b/c it is still under warranty. dealership can not duplicate the problem.

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  33. I have a 02 2500HD Silverado it was wrecked and sat for 6 months. When I fixed it ,it started but idles fine but won’t accelerate or when I give it gas it nigga down. I changed the fuel filter runs a little better changed the fuel and added Lucas additive. Could it be a sensor

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  34. Isiaq Taiwo Babalola · Edit

    I have Mercedes Benz Ml320 1999. The recent challenge with the car is that it can’t gain sudden acceleration. Like you want to overtake moving trucks.it will suddenly lose power. Also when you drive in slightly muddy surface

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  35. I have a 2009 Kia Spetra that has over 200K miles on it. I was driving on the surface streets & after I came to a stop at a traffic light, when the light turned green it would not accelerate. The engine was still on, I pushed the gas & the RPM indicator arm would go up but the car wouldn’t move. I tried it in other gears like 3 & 2 & L but nothing. Reverse oddly enough worked fine. A friend of mine that works on cars thinks it might be the transmission but didn’t rule out a fuel pump, front axles, or sensor. Any ideas?

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  36. I have 2011 Renault duster, the vehicle vibrates when in reverse drive, delay to accelerate when in drive position even if throttle is pressed down, what could be the fault please

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  37. 1997 honda accord turning on my vehicle placing it in gear D4 I drive the car and the vehicle speed wont pass 20 and slowly decreases and will not pick up speed when I press down on the peddle engine just revs what can it be

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  38. I have 02 Toyota Camry. For the first time the acceleration of car went down . The more I press the pedal the car won’t move fast , just making noise. What could be the problem and a quick fix to get to my destination. Is it safe and advisable to continue moving the slow moving car.

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  39. I have a 2012 chevy cruze. It keeps jerking when accelerating I replaced the mass air flow sensor, both o2 sensor,and throttle body. It stopped jerking but sometimes it lacks power when accelerating now.

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  40. After car was service it’s started if I’m driving and want to accelerate the car will not go and makes a noise like it is smothering and then it kicks in and go

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  41. Hello I had an isuzu kb 300 lx I had recently change th engine but its only idle but do not had an accelerate when you press the pedal its raffle count cant go up or change the noise of idle

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  42. I have a 2013 dodge journey about 88,000 miles on it. Was on highway in traffic hit gas to accelerate card made a load whining noise barely moved, i pulled over shut it off and its been ok but im a little nervous. What could make this happen?

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  43. I have a similar problem, my car is Honda EOD 2003 V6. It won’t accelerate at all or even pick up eventually. Its just dragging and sucking my fuel like no man’s business. Please i need urgent help.

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    1. check engine light, if no engine light possible causes
      fuel pump weak
      clogged exhaust pipe
      or even loss compression
      please check the easiest way first

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  44. I have a 97 Acura 3.0 CL, it’s making clicking noises on the passenger side by the dashboard. It starts, will drive, but at a certain distance it won’t let me accelerate when I press the gas. I can turn it off and wait a few and it would start back up and drive again. What might that be?

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  45. I have 07 Ford E350- V8 5.4L, replaced my compressor and on starting the car to fill gas. My car struggles to accelerate; engine working fine thou engine and throttle lights are both on. Need help here

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  46. My car will go along fine at any speed, then suddenly it feels like the brake is applied, car slows down alot, have to gear down to fourth or third, floor it and eventually will pick up fuel and take off again. Replaced 2 ignition coils (used) about 5 months ago as was doing this before and worked good since, but has started acting up again. New plugs but not wires. 04 echo. Do you think it’s these again? Anything else it could be?

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  47. Hi.. My car is a 2006 Hyundai accent and it’s not accelerating in drive or in reverse it just lets me roll backwards there’s no awkward sound my car still starts up do you know what the problem might be?

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  48. i drive a 2011 toyota venza V6 acceleration is slow my 80 mph movess like a 45mph and consumes alot of fuel trust when i say alot.my wife drive 08 hyundai accent moves wey faster.at 50 and thats 1.6ltr engine

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  49. Hmmm.. am using Ford Fiesta 2011 model and for past 3 years I Ve been enjoying this car till I had the issue of overheating which has generated a lot of problems which I can’t even explain. They changed the gasket Nd so many parts of this car but the problem Stil persists. What should we do again to resolve this problem? Thanks.

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  50. My daughters 2002 Infinite’s check engine light came on the other day and last night coming home her car wouldn’t accelerate over 60. When she got home it was running hot. What could it be?

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  51. 2002 GMC Sonoma…truck goes into gear without hesitation or slippage, but will not accelerate over idle speed, maybe 5 mph. Engine races with acceleration but does not result in movement of the truck.

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  52. I have a 2001 hyundai Tiburon standard it drives good but sometimes i accelerate the pedal and it goes slow rpm goes to 3 and when it comes back down starts getting power can somebody help

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  53. a 99 camry that has no check engine light on but will accelerate poorly and then when I press the gas pedal down to the floor I will smell a burning smell later

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  54. I have Toyota spacio, the acceleration doesn’t react quickly especially when the engine has been idle for sometime, but when the engine has warmed up its very ok. what could be the problem?

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  55. Jennifer Holtzinger · Edit

    My question is I have a 2002 Honda Civic. The check engine light is on. Saying misfire in cylinder 2. I replaced spark plugs and air filter. My car will not accelerate it just revs. I’m afraid it’s transmission. What do you think

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  56. I have a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. On two separate occasions after I started the car it would not accelerate or rev at all, though it would idle and move forward in idle. In both instances turning off the car and starting it again (rebooting it?) fixed the issue. Any ideas? And Thank you.

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  57. I have Mazda Axela 2004, in traffic when I pressed accelarate, speed and RPM very slowly increase but after 3_4 second the RPM suddenly increase 3_4 thousand and the car speed very high, what is the problem???

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  58. I have a 2012 Toyota Etios Liva drives normal for a while then just stops, motor is still running but when you push on the pedal it does nothing. I can shut the car off and restart it and I will drive fine again for a while. And the engine light on from that moment.

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  59. I have a 06 Lincoln Mark LT 2WD. Its having issues while I accelerate it. It almost makes a “jumping motion” when it starts to bog down some. Not sure what is wrong with it. Cat. Converters have been cleared out, and plugs are good.

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  60. My car is Mercedes c320, it will accelerate and after sometimes it ceases to until I turnoff the engine and start it again before it can accelerate again and the process starts all over. What is the possible cause of this?

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  61. I’ve got a 95 integra and when I give it gas it revs up but there’s hardly any pull. If It starts moving it starts vibrating unless I put it into the next gear, but I’m still maybe only going about 4mph

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  62. I have a GWM florid 1.5

    When I am on the freeway of any open road driving between 80-120 km/h with my foot on the gas , after a while it just slows down while my foot is pressing down on gas. Then when I leave the gas pedal and place my foot back on the gas pedal it accelerates again.

    I have changed the fuel pump , there are no smells , no leaks on the ground and no emergency check lights comes on and no sound.

    Please help

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  63. I use a 2007 Camry,my battery ran down and after jump starting,the car came on and just won’t accelerate at all,flat on 0,the gas pedal seems for fancy,I asked a mechanic to check,he said fuel pump,and next thing he said the gas pedal has to be replaced that he found out the car pumps fuel just fine,I asked him to return the pedal and I’ll get back to him.

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  64. I have a 2005 Honda Accord ivtec, 4 plugs. The current mileage is about 110000. I changed the gear box recently and since then the car experiences poor acceleration. When started, the car will run normally for about 30 minutes but once there is a little hold up and car was on and ac running problem starts. When I trottle the car will not accelerate and when I continue matching the trottle the car starts to shoot and often grounds to a halt. When I switch the car off and restart, the acceleration becomes normal for a while before the failure to accelerate repeats.

    I have also noted that the car doesn’t easily accelerate beyond 100km/h. My technician attributed the problem to the raising switch which he brought out and cleaned. The problem stopped but reappears after some days of driving. I have also had to change the plugs and had the nozzles serviced. Please help me with useful information.Thank you.

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  65. I have a Chevrolet aveo 2009 acceleration is very low even when I press on the gas to the floor and engine shakes when ac is turned on.can some one give me some advise please

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  66. I have a 1999 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series and it will not accelerate when I press on the gas does this mean that the fuel filter needs to be changed

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