I have a bit of problem with my car that I am quite concerned about and I am hoping you can help me figure out the cause.
For the past 4-5 months when pulling away first thing in the morning (but oddly not every day
) I get a sudden loss of power from the engine. The revs dip to about 500rpm and I cannot get it going, pressing on the accelerator does nothing for about 5 seconds and then it kicks in producing a bunny hop effect down the road and lots of clanking from the clutch when i lift it after changing gear.
This really worries me because I have to pull out onto a busy road almost straight away every morning and on several occasions I have stopped in the middle of the road when there is oncoming traffic
I have noticed that it can also be quite sluggish delivering the power whilst driving, I really have to give it some welly to get it going, by this I mean I put my foot down and it feels like something is holding it back and then a few seconds later whatever is holding back says "oh well" and lets go and then I get a nice burst between 3-4000rpm.
As some of you might know from my previous postings I do have a problem with the variator making it sound like a diesel and and another problem in the same area that makes an annoying ticking sound. I was wondering if this had anything to do with it?
Lastly, and I don't know if this is important or normal in fact but after driving it hard (not flat out but still giving it some) and I park up, I notice a horrible smell coming from the exhaust, it smells like sulphur or something like that. I know it gets hot but I don't expect it to smell like that
Unfortunately I haven't the slightest clue about cars so fixing it myself is almost out of the question, but I'm willing to give it a go its not to difficult, otherwise I will to scrap some penny's together and get it fixed.
Your help is appreciated, thanks.