I have a 1992 Golf MK2 (gas and manual transmission), and it's been having problems going uphill. The car feels as if it's losing power, it starts puttering and jerking as it tries to keep going. This causes the car to slow down gradually and eventually I have to pull over to the side of the road to let people behind me pass. Usually restarting the engine helps, but no matter how hard I push on the gas pedal the car still will not accelerate. Sometimes the power catches and it drives more properly, but now it usually just loses the power again. If I stay in 3rd gear revving around 3,000 is the best possible way to avoid it, but lately this hasn't made a difference. It's more likely to lose its power like this when in 4th gear trying to chug up the hill. It definitely seems like it's getting worse with time.
My landlord, who helps me with my car stuff so I don't have to see a mechanic and I can save money, had a thought of using Sea Foam on my engine to help, but I have no idea where/how to use it. My boyfriend thinks the problem might be my fuel filter but he's not sure. I'd really like to know what is wrong with my car before it breaks down for good.
Monday, October 22nd, 2012 AT 12:55 AM