Some common causes for engine jerk while driving include: low levels of transmission fluid, clogged transmission filter or a worn universal joint. The transmission should be checked for low fluid levels and the filter replaced at regular intervals. The universal joint can be replaced to avoid more costly repairs.
Other possible causes of engine jerk can easily be avoided with regular maintenance. According to HowStuffWorks, "Sometimes a shake or shudder will emanate from the engine compartment, because the engine isn't getting enough air, fuel or spark that it needs to run smoothly." The fuel and air filter should be checked, as well as the spark plugs, to determine if these simple fixes are causing the engine to jerk.Learn More
When an engine knocks, one of the likely causes is low-quality fuel. Fuel of low quality or a low octane rating results in many different problems in the engine. This fuel rating informs the consumer of the amount of compression gasoline is able to tolerate. According to HowStuffWorks, these problems are why high-performance engines require higher-octane fuel to prevent knocks.Full Answer >
A pinion bearing is a mechanical element that constrains the movement of a pinion, a gear with a small number of teeth. Pinion bearings are a common part of automotive differentials. These are devices that allow cars to corner better by allowing connected wheels to rotate at different speeds.Full Answer >
One of the most common causes of a check engine light on the Ford Taurus is the failure of an oxygen sensor. Bankrate says this was the most common car repair in 2013, accounting for 7.55 percent of all repairs. A failed oxygen sensor often robs a vehicle of fuel economy by as much as 40 percent. Common causes of failure include use of E-85 fuel and engines burning oil.Full Answer >
The check gauges light on a vehicle indicates that a malfunction has occurred and the vehicle needs to be inspected, serviced or repaired. A check engine or check gauges light can indicate a loose fuel cap, low engine oil, an overheated engine temperature or a malfunction in the engine or electrical system.Full Answer >