Is Your Car Barely Getting Up The Hill? Four Things To Look Out For

It is not fun driving a car that is struggling to get uphill. First, everyone will overtake you, some will honk while will make gestures at you. Apart from the inconvenience caused to you and to other motorists, it could be outright dangerous.

So what could possibly be the problem?

Have you been keeping up with your car's maintenance schedule? Good maintenance will help to keep a lot of minor problems at bay. If your maintenance is up to date, look out for other possible causes, such as:

Engine Rings & Valves

Worn piston rings and exhaust valves inside the engine will show their weakness more when the car is under stress, such as when going uphill. Worn valves and rings will cause low compression resulting in loss of power. Your mechanic will have to do a compression test.

A high compression reading suggests a ring problem while a no change reading indicates that your valves may be faulty.

When your car fails to accelerate when you step on the pedal, your catalytic converter may be faulty. A faulty catalytic converter can be the result of faulty piston rings and valves.


The car could be having a transmission problem. Your vehicle is not transmitting enough power to the engine as it should. In other words, your transmission is slipping. Visit your auto repair shop for a proper diagnosis.

Your car could be having transmission problems because it is probably not pumping fuel into the engine at the right pressure. This could be due to a filter or pump problem.

First, have the fuel pressure checked. If the fuel pump is faulty, have it replaced. If the pressure is okay, the culprit is most likely the filter. Buy one and have it replaced.

Faulty Sensors

Your car's electronic sensors could also be at fault. As a result, they could send wrong signals to the car.


The problem could be the ignition. You may need to replace the wires and maybe the distribution cap as well. The ignition coil is responsible for supplying power to the spark plugs. Check to see if the coil is broken. A broken coil should be replaced.

Car parts are interrelated. There are many reasons why your car may struggle going uphill. The problem with a DIY solution is that you may be dealing with symptoms rather the root cause of the problem. Getting a proper diagnosis is vital.


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When you think about it, that next road trip might be one of the most grueling challenges your car will endure during its usable lifespan. Unfortunately, if you don't do your part to get it ready for the trip, you might end up wishing that you would have invested more time and money into your preparations. I learned this lesson the hard way a few years ago when I drove across the country. Simply put, my car wasn't ready for the trip, and it really made things difficult on me. I realized that there were some serious issues, and it cost thousands of dollars to make things right. Read this blog to learn more about car care.



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