Why is my car backfiring?

Air chambersWe are a business with decades of experience in the transportation and storage of cars. Our team is able to handle both jobs efficiently. With storage, we can provide clients with air chambers for extra protection. They work by using fans to keep clean air circulating around the vehicle. In such conditions, condensation won’t be a problem.

Before storing your car in an air chamber, you will want to ensure that you properly maintain it. If you don’t, you can encounter an issue known as backfiring. Let’s say you get in your car, start it, and suddenly hear what sounds like a gun shot. It is not either of those things though; this is backfiring. It is a scary sound on its own. However, it is considerably more alarming when you start losing vehicle power. Read on to discover more about backfire and its causes.

How the backfiring happens

Normally, a backfire occurs when an explosion happens outside your fuel cylinders. Certain backfires spill out through the exhaust system, while others travel back up the intake valve. The former creates a variety of backfire called an after fire. These can cause visible flames to shoot out of your exhaust at times.

You really need to pay attention to backfires and after fires. Both cause a decrease in fuel efficiency, power loss, and engine damage. There are multiple factors that can cause your car to backfire too. Two of the most common are a misfiring spark plug and having a poor air to fuel ratio.

Spark plug issues

Plugs that fire out of turn can produce backfiring. Incorrect wiring and shorts in it are far more common in older vehicles. So are damaged distributor caps that supply the charge to the incorrect plug and at the wrong moment. Even in newer models, plugs could malfunction thanks to wear over time or carbon build-up.

Air to fuel ratios

You need the right ratio of air and fuel for proper engine combustion. If you have too much of either one, you will have an engine that runs lean or runs rich. Neither is good. When an engine is running rich, there is too little air and too much fuel. This slows the combustion process down. When combustion doesn’t happen when it is meant to, your exhaust valve will open when the air-fuel mixture is not done igniting. This causes the explosion to spill out of your cylinder, creating a loud popping sound.

On the other side, a lean running engine has excessive air. This also delays combustion, producing backfires.

Start using our cair-o-port air chambers

At Rudler Car Transportation and Storage, we can use the cair-o-port chambers to keep your vehicles safe. These are some of the most useful products you can have when storing your cars. In addition to keeping your motor in top condition, they are easy to work with and very reasonably priced.

So, if you would like to know more about the air chambers, you are welcome to contact us. They can offer a great long or short term solution for all kinds of cars.