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Leaks are never good for your car, they could lead to numerous problems, including being unable to start your car. Here are some symptoms to look out for, and why you should bring your car in:

  • If your check engine light is on, that could mean many things. All of them are things that need to be checked, of course.
  • If your engine is acting up, like with backfires or an inconsistent idling RPM, that is another sign of leaking, and you should bring your car in for inspection. This could not only be caused by a leak, but by poor engine timing, weak fuel pumps, or improper wiring. This sign, while maybe not caused by fuel leaks in every circumstance, still warrants bringing your car in.
  • Your engine losing power and failing to start is the worst-case scenario for any car. It is a telltale sign that your car needs servicing. There is a sensor in your engine that detects the pressure of fluids, and if air is leaking into your car then it will eventually add enough pressure to trigger the sensor. Without this, it could lead to an ignition inside your car (not the good car ignition either; this one is when your car starts burning). If you’re on the road, attempt to start the car again. If it fails, our certified technicians can solve the problem, usually by replacing the vacuum hose.
  • A hissing sound while the vehicle is running is also cause for concern.

These are signs of a leak in the vacuum system, and can’t be fixed by yourself. There are many parts to it, so it takes a mechanic to figure out where the leak is coming from. Make sure you bring your car in when you spot these symptoms, and you’ll be back on the road in no time!