Is Your Car Laboring? Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why.

Hopefully, you had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend as the summer season officially comes to an end. However, if your vehicle feels like it is "laboring" more than usual, then maybe it's time to take care of it. 

Since you drive your primary car, truck or SUV pretty much every day, you can often tell when something just isn't quite right. Maybe the vehicle feel like it is sluggish, lacking power and not accelerating like it is supposed to. Perhaps it feels a little loose as you drive, with a lot of bumps and vibrations. The assumption from most car owners is that there's a problem with the engine, but that is usually not the case. There are many other reasons why your vehicle might be laboring more than usual, according to the Fairbanks auto repair experts at Simard Automotive. Let's look at a few of the most common sources:


The transmission is very often the culprit when a vehicle feels extra sluggish and isn't accelerating with any power. You may just be due for a standard transmission service to change out the fluid, filter and gasket, or there may be other internal damage worth getting inspected and repaired.

Fuel System

There may also be an issue within the vehicle's fuel system that is causing it to struggle. It may be time to change out the fuel filter and clean out the fuel lines for optimum fuel efficiency.

Exhaust System

A healthy exhaust system is vital to the performance and reliability of your vehicle. If there is a problem with the catalytic converter or an exhaust leak somewhere in the system, the car surely won't run right and it can lead to major engine problems if left ignored. Any exhaust system issues should be taken very seriously.

Wheels, Tires, Brakes and Suspension

You could have an issue with your wheel alignment, brakes, suspension components or even the tires themselves. If you hear any strange noises, feel a significant pull to one side or the other or it seems like you are feeling every little bump and vibration on the road, you will want to get everything inspected by a professional mechanic to determine the source of the problem. 


Though a sluggish vehicle is not always because of an engine problem, it is still a possibility that must be considered. You may be due for a routine oil change, a new spark plug or something minor. Or, there could be something more significant at play. You never want to ignore any potential engine concerns. They are best fixed as soon as possible before things get worse and you are faced with really expensive engine repairs (or a complete engine rebuild/replacement). 

Basically, any time you notice something strange happening with your vehicle, you don't want to ignore it. Weird sounds or feelings are signs that there is likely something wrong. The sooner you deal with it, the better chance you have of it being a minor issue that is easily repaired. The longer you wait, the more likely it will develop into a much bigger problem.

Simard Automotive can inspect your vehicle and get to the specific source of any automotive issue. Then, we can recommend the necessary repairs and get your vehicle running right again. Call us today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Ave.) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Rd.). Or, book your next service appointment online.


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