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Vacuum Leak Repair is Integral to Your Car’s Performance

No doubt you’ve heard of a car feeling the strain of a vacuum leak. In fact, you may be driving with one right now and not even know it. Vacuum leaks are fairly easy to overlook yet they are one of the most common car problems that land drivers in auto repair garages. However, every minute that you drive with a leaking vacuum system is a minute you’re throwing money away. But how can you tell if your car is suffering from a vacuum leak?

Keeping your Car’s Efficiency at Its Optimum

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Trying to locate the source of a vacuum leak can be challenging for those without professional experience.

The main casualty of issues with your car’s vacuum system will be the car’s overall efficiency and performance. Staying aware of your car’s efficiency is the best way to find symptoms of a leaky vacuum system. Do you hear a pronounced hissing noise emanating from your engine while you’re driving? When your car is idling, does it seem to go at a quicker speed than you would have anticipated? Is the car not accelerating like it used to? Are you stalling out at red lights and stop signs? Whether you’re getting hit with a combination of these symptoms or just one on its own, it’s worth investigating the vacuum system to stop any problems before they get bigger.

Stay Aware of the “Check Engine” Light

Of course, your car is meant to pick up on these problems, when possible, so keep an eye on your “Check Engine” light. Anytime a “Check Engine” light comes on, you should get to your local mechanic as soon as possible anyway, but if you notice your light come on in tandem with any of the issues above, you may want to suggest the possibility of a vacuum leak to cut out potential guesswork. In the garage, more guesswork means more labor which means more money!

Has Your Car Become a Gas Guzzler?

Does your car seem to be guzzling gas? Are you paying more at the pump even though gas prices aren’t rising? This is yet another warning sign of vacuum leakage. Since vacuum leaks impact your car’s efficiency, it stands to reason that you’d be wasting more gas to get to the same places. This is just one of the ways a vacuum system in disrepair can cause your bank account to hemorrhage. Jumping on top of the problem may cost a bit of cash in the immediacy, but it will save you plenty more in the long run.

Under-the-Hood Signs of a Vacuum Leak

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A loose or disconnected line is a common cause of vacuum leak.

If you already know your way around your car a bit, you can take a look under the hood at the vacuum lines themselves to see if you notice any erosion or cracking. A leak can often spring from defects such as line disconnections in old vacuum lines. However, the full vacuum system is so complex that it often pays to seek the assistance of a trained professional when attempting to repair a leak.

It’s crucial to get a vacuum leak repaired as soon as possible when any of these symptoms arise because a lot of your car’s parts rely on the vacuum system for optimum functionality. If the air-to-fuel ratio in your car is out of balance, you may begin to experience troubles with your air conditioning, brake booster, exhaust valves…even your headlights! But delaying repair of vacuum leakage will inevitably lead to engine damage; the worst of the worst in car trouble. So, when you talk to your mechanic about a potential vacuum leak, be clear, state all of the issues, and recognize the ways you’re saving by fixing a problem when it’s still manageable!

 

 

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