A rough idling engine can be a cause for concern, especially if the issue points to some sort of engine problem. In order to understand whether or not rough idling is what you are experiencing, lets talk about what exactly idling is and what symptoms indicate rough idling.
When you get into your car and start the engine, it at first runs without you putting it into gear or accelerating. In this state, your engine is idling. It just means that your engine is running, but your vehicle isn't moving or in any gear. A proper idling allows your vehicle to maintain a steady RPM and will ensure that the engines air and fuel mixtures are correct.
Rough idling is when you notice that when your engine is idling, strange symptoms are occurring. These symptoms include a vibrating or shaky vehicle, RPMs that aren't steady and fluctuate quickly, and skipping or slipping sounds. You will definitely feel that your vehicle is "running rough" when your engine is rough idling.
Here are some of the reasons why your vehicle is idling rough:
- Dirty fuel injectors
- Incorrect idle speed
- Vacuum leak
- Damaged spark plugs
- Failing fuel pump
- Clogged fuel filter
- Electrical problems
- Defective airflow sensor
- Dirty oxygen sensor
As soon as you notice that your vehicle is rough idling, bring your vehicle into our shop as soon as possible. We highly advise against ignoring the issue, as the problem can get worse over time. We are the trusted choice for engine repair in Nashville TN and will ensure that your vehicle is properly restored.