Somersworth Auto Repair

What is an engine misfire?

You're driving along and press on the gas, and you notice that your car takes much longer to react than normal. You may also notice that your engine is shaky as you accelerate, or you completely lose power for a moment. These are all examples of what can happen when your vehicle's engine misfires. However, what exactly is a misfire and why does it happen?

An engine misfire happens when a cylinder in the engine fails to produce power. This can be caused by a number of things but is often due to bad spark plugs, clogged fuel injectors, or a faulty oxygen sensor.

If your engine is misfiring, chances are your car's check engine light is on. A check engine light is not something to ignore, so as soon as you see this light illuminate, it is important to bring your vehicle into our shop for an inspection. An engine misfiring is often just a symptom related to a problem that would illuminate the check engine light.

In order to find out what is causing your engine misfiring, computer diagnostics are often performed. This process includes plugging scan tools into your car's computer system. This reading will give us an error code, and that error code can be interpreted and studied in order to better understand the issue at hand.

Engine misfiring is often a sign of a serious car issue, so don't ignore it, especially if your check engine light is on. If you need engine misfire diagnostics, bring your car to our shop for friendly service. Call Central Park Garage today!

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