Vacuum Leaks and Your Automobile

Your automobile is quite amazing. It takes the vacuum created by your combustion engine and recycles it to power other vehicle components and accessories. If you end up with a vacuum leak, you will notice problems with your automobile’s performance. Buckeye Complete Auto Care can inspect your engine to see if you have a vacuum leak. If you do, we can fix it for you to restore your automobile’s operation.

Things That Cause Vacuum Leaks

The vacuum produced by the combustion engine is routed throughout a system of hoses, seals, gaskets, and other automotive parts. The most common cause of the vacuum leak is a breakdown of a part through which the vacuum pressure escapes. Vacuum leaks are usually found in the vacuum hosing or tubes, but they can also be found in the

  • Actuators
  • Gaskets
  • Regulators
  • Seals
  • Solenoids

Another area where vacuum leaks occur is in your vehicle’s brake booster. You will likely know that your vehicle has a vacuum leak because a vacuum leak affects how your automobile performs. There are common symptoms of a vacuum leak that we will list below, but the main thing to understand is that the vacuum leak must be fixed as soon as possible.

Signs Your Car Has a Vacuum Leak

The first sign that your vehicle has a vacuum leak is your check engine dashboard warning light. The check engine light comes on when there is something wrong in the engine that does not have another associated light. In the case of the vacuum leak, you don’t have a vacuum warning light, so the check engine light is turned on instead. Other signs of an automotive vacuum leak include

  • High RPMs when your vehicle is idling
  • Idling that is rough or cuts in and out
  • Engine hesitation or stalling sporadically
  • Vacuum sucking noises in the engine

A vacuum leak introduces excess, hot air into the engine and directly affects its performance. The vacuum leak can cause damage to other engine parts, which is why we recommend you get the leak fixed as soon as possible. The more vacuum that is released into the engine the hotter your engine will run and the more chances of serious damage.

Don’t worry. Buckeye Complete Auto Care is the best auto repair shop in Columbus, OH, and we’d be happy to inspect your automobile to confirm whether you have a vacuum leak and, if so, to fix it so you can get back on the road right away. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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