Your automobile uses the vacuum that is produced in the combustion chamber to power accessories and components. One such component is the power steering pump. Without vacuum pressure, these accessories and components might act up. More likely, however, you will have to deal with one or more of the following symptoms of a vacuum leak listed below. Don’t worry. Premier Auto Repair can find the leaking vacuum hose in your engine and replace it.
One problem that occurs when your engine has a vacuum leak is it fills up with air. This excess air directly affects how your engine performs, including when you press down on the accelerator. An engine with a vacuum leak often lags when it comes to accelerating. In other words, your vehicle will struggle to pick up speed whether from a stop or while in motion.
Check Engine Warning
The vacuum leak will also cause the check engine light to turn on. It’s crucial that you take this dashboard warning lights seriously because a recent study demonstrated how effective it is. This study showed that the check engine light turns on for engine problems that would otherwise be undetectable. This can include a minor vacuum leak.
Alongside problems accelerating, your vehicle’s engine will also struggle while you are driving. The faster you go the more you will notice it stutters in its efforts to maintain your desired speed. Again, this is because the engine has too much air in it and, as a consequence, it is being unintentionally fuel-starved. Your engine will continue to stutter until you get the vacuum leak repaired.
Rarely does the vacuum pressure leak out of the hose at a steady pace. Rather, it leaks out in spurts. When this happens, your engine’s RPMs increase. In fact, if you see that the RPMs are unusually high or that the tachometer needle is bouncing up and down, this symptom definitely points to an engine vacuum leak. Keep an eye on your tachometer if you suspect you have a vacuum leak.
Finally, you can often hear the vacuum leak in the engine. It is a suction sound that is just the same as the suction sound that you hear from your household’s vacuum hose. If the leak isn’t too bad, you may not hear a suction sound but rather a hissing sound coming from the engine.
No matter what, we’ve got you covered here at Premier Auto Repair in Tyler, TX. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your automobile.