My car has poor acceleration.

My car normally runs great in the mornings. No problem. Later on if going a steady speed or incline it may hesitate a little. Pushing the pedal more normally fixes that or by turning O/D off. Recently if I push the pedal all the way, the engine revs but the car doesn't accelerate like it should. Then it suddenly kicks in and takes off as if I have a turbo. Now it barely accelerates and the engine hardly revs. Now O/D barely helps however it is noticeably different if it's on. It seems as if something is clogged up. I have better response by lightly pushing the pedal versus pushing it a
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From what you’ve described, it sounds like you may have a mass airflow sensor that is giving incorrect data for the altitude you are at. This can cause low power, pinging, and O2 codes indicating a too lean condition. A certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, can compare the computer data from the mass airflow sensor to your altitude and replace the sensor if it’s not accurate.

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Stalling, jerking, or hesitation during acceleration

A bad MAF sensor can cause too much fuel to be left in the combustion chamber, creating untimed detonations. You`ll experience this as poor drivability such as hesitations or sudden jerking motions, particularly during acceleration.

A dirty MAF sensor can also cause the engine control module to put too much fuel in the combustion chamber. When this happens, you may end up with black exhaust smoke flowing out of the tailpipe. This is because the engine is igniting the excess fuel in the chamber and burning it.
The air filter may be the MAF sensor`s first line of defense via the engine`s air intake system, but a clogged, low quality or dirty air filter can actually become the source of MAF sensor damage if any contamination bypasses it.
A bad MAF sensor can cause your vehicle to experience poor drivability issues such as engine stalling, jerking or hesitation during acceleration. This could happen while speeding up on the highway on-ramp or cruising down a city street.
If the mass airflow sensor readings are wrong, the engine control module may put too much air in the combustion chamber and not enough fuel. This will cause your acceleration to be sluggish when you press down on the accelerator.
Without a proper signal from the mass air flow sensor, the powertrain control module (PCM), which manages the engine, transmission, and other systems in your car, won`t know how much fuel the engine needs. This can either cause the engine to run too lean (too little fuel) or too rich (too much fuel).
Cleaning the MAF as part of regular routine maintenance can help reduce and/or prevent these problems. If the MAF sensor is at fault, cleaning it can help, and many times, even solve the problem. This can be done at home. You just need to remove the component, clean it, and reattach it to your engine air intake system.
Contamination is a key reason why MAF sensors fail and require replacement. As air, dirt and other debris get into the sensor, the parts become contaminated and fail. Drivers often notice sluggish performance, rough idling, poor acceleration or even stalling. There may also be a more frequent need to refuel.
P0101 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for “Mass Airflow (MAF) Circuit Operating Range or Performance Problem”. This can happen for multiple reasons and a mechanic needs to diagnose the specific cause for this code to be triggered in your situation.
The oxygen sensor problem is the number one reason cars are slow to accelerate. The oxygen sensor is responsible for monitoring the air-to-fuel ratio in the engine, and over time it can become dirty or damaged, which will decrease power. Oxygen sensor malfunction will result in a mixture being too lean.
One of the most common causes of those issues is your car`s throttle position sensor, also known as the TPS. The little sensor plays a big role in how much fuel your engine gets at any given point in time, and if it`s not functioning properly, you may notice changes in how your car runs and accelerates.
Fuel Economy Loss

The ECM can also send too much gas into the combustion chamber if the mass airflow sensor readings are off. This will cause you to lose gas mileage because your vehicle will burn off any excess fuel that it does not need.

It is not recommended to drive with a bad mass air flow (MAF) sensor, as it can cause various issues with the vehicle`s performance and can potentially cause damage to other components of the vehicle.
A malfunctioning mass airflow sensor can also make it difficult to start your automobile. This can be due to the air and fuel in balance in the combustion chamber or because the main computer chip has received an error code from the sensor and does not want to start your car.
It is not recommended to drive with a bad mass air flow (MAF) sensor, as it can cause various issues with the vehicle`s performance and can potentially cause damage to other components of the vehicle.
Your car`s Mass Airflow sensor, or MAF sensor, can cause several problems with how your engine runs, including but not limited to rough idle, mild to severe hesitation, loss of power, poor fuel economy, and even the engine stalling – yes, even in an automatic car.

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ANSWER : It is very possible that the engine has been damaged beyond repair. Usually when the oil light goes on and the vehicle is low on oil, especially when a loud noise is heard right before the vehicle died, it is very likely that the engine is blown and would require replacement in order to continue driving the vehicle. I would recommend having the vehicle checked with a no start inspection. Consider YourMechanic as this service can be completed at your home or office.

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ANSWER : The acceleration you are experiencing is normal. The car has a large, very powerful engine and was designed to reach 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds which is exceptional. The gas mileage you are reporting is at the lower end of the range reported for this vehicle but it is not extremely low. The EPA city rating is 18 MPG so you are about 10% below the city rating. You can maximize mileage by: keeping the tires adequately inflated; ensuring vehicle wheel alignment is correct; check for stuck brake caliper(s); maintain consistent vehicle speed; make sure engine temperature is in normal range and not too low due to a stuck open cooling system thermostat; and make sure there is no excess weight in vehicle. If mileage does not improve after verifying all of the foregoing, or if you simply want all the foregoing inspected, please request a vehicle fuel efficiency diagnostic and the responding certified mechanic will get this issue investigated and resolved for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you

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I put the wrong key in my car and a few weeks later my car just shut down and it will not start I believe it’s the computer but…
ANSWER : Hi there. What had happened is the wrong key set the security to the vehicle. This is to prevent the vehicle from starting with the wrong keys. Try removing the battery cables (+) and (-) for 13 minutes. During that time, put the original key in the ignition and turn it on. Activate everything in the car even though there is no power. Then remove the key and hook up the battery cables. The computer should have reset and reset the security. If the security is still being tripped, then I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you

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Why is the car losing power and not accelerating? 1995 BMW 318is
ANSWER : Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Check the ground wire from the main engine to frame ground to the right side engine mount. If this wire is corroded or loose, this will cause the engine to loose power on acceleration. Also, check the throttle position sensor (TPS) for any damage or loose wire connections. If the wires are all in good condition on the engine and the TPS, then I recommend replacing the TPS. If you need further assistance troubleshooting your vehicle, then seek out a technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to diagnose the vehicle’s loss of power and proceed with any needed repairs.

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Car stutters when idling
ANSWER : Engine misfires can be caused by many different problems and are generally caused by either a spark or fuel issue or in some cases, a combination of both. Spark related problems generally will result from things like ignition coils, crankshaft position sensor, spark plugs, spark plug wires or ignition modules not working properly. When the misfire results from a fuel related issue, this is commonly related to a lean fuel condition (lack of sufficient fuel supply to the motor). Fuel related misfires can be caused by many different things such as low fuel pressure, faulty or dirty fuel injectors, a faulty O2 sensor, a dirty or failing mass air-flow sensor, a faulty or dirty idle air control valve or a vacuum or intake leak. When the fuel supplied to the combustion chamber is insufficient, this results in an ignition (spark) that is igniting a less than balanced load of fuel and air. This results in a misfire or an explosion in the cylinder that is much less powerful than the other cylinders. This creates a loss of power that resonates throughout the motor additionally causing other problems with ignition and fuel timing. Due to the number of different things that may cause an engine misfire, the quickest and easiest way to diagnose this type of problem is to hook the vehicle up to a scanning tool which will download any potential fault codes that may have registered in the vehicle’s computer as a result of the poor running condition. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose your misfiring problem.

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ANSWER : Prior to buying any car, drive the car around and listen for any noises. Then do an inspection on the vehicle to make sure that it is safe to drive. All cars will need maintenance, but if the car was kept up, then the maintenance should be to a minimum.

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