Hey guys, well sometimes when I am driving usually above 40 it feels like something is pulling me back, it doesn't happen all the time. A friend found the map censor wires were crossed he fixed them and moved them, it seemed to help but the problem still happens. I took it to STS twice and they couldn't get it to do it. My husbands Mazdz 626 does it to but only at 40-45mph. Thanks for your help. Cindy
I too own a dodge spirit. When I am driving and the a/c kicks in It gives that feeling you describe. Try it without the a/c on..and defrost off and see if it goes away. Is it a pull back and then go again or a steady pull back at that speed or throttle position?
Oxygen sensors also have a great effect on this car. Throttle position sensors are another thing that can cause this, and of course if you have a bad wire or spark plug that too will do it.gary
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If the "tug" is pulling the car sideways when you brake then you will be facing some maintenance or repairs.
If the tug happens when you press on the accelerator pedal, it is normal.
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when dealing with brake issues, both sides need to be adressed, if you replace anything on one side, other side requires same work, both calipers and brake pads, and possibly both rotors need to be replaced !!! rotors can be out of round, never use "used pads" , right now your new caliper is working better than the used caliper on otherside, thus still pulling like before ! DO YOU UNDERSTAND !!!
Over drive should be on (automatic) all the time. If you have it turned off , turn it on. It is for fuel economy. Over drive usually kicks in around 45 to 50 MPH. When you want to turn it off is if you are pulling something on hilly roads. And pulling something and you feel the overdrive kicking in and out even on flat roads
Sounds like a turbo problem, check all electrical connections and vaccum hoses, any engine lights on? Then it's time to take it in, I assume you have a good VW expert just around the corner who is honest, reasonable, and reliable,,,, sometimes it happens! Hope this helps, and look into it right away, it can cause other problems if let go $$$$.
Release your parking brake :) Just kidding. Next time it does this sluggish thing, Put it in reverse and apply your brake, firmly and safely.then see if its still sluggish going forward. don't hit the brakes or hold then when you dhift to drive but don't dally and give the guy you just backed into a chance to get to you. Kidding. Ok, no more joking Starting out from a forward stop, vehicle feels sluggish. Stop vehilcle and back up a few feet stopping firmly. Now realese foot brake and put in drive, DON'T REAPPLY YOUR BRAKES SHIFTING INTO DRIVE.see if sluggishness is still present. If it is, Your rear brakes may not be fully retracting or they are over adjusting,adjusted. Automatic brake adjusters sometimes like to over do it. If your trans fluid is low, then maybe it can feel funny but not held back. If the back and forth thing provevs to free the brakes then have the brake checked. But seriously, to save embarrassment make sure your parking brake is FULLY RELRASED. Good luck and please let me know if I've helped you.
You are going to have to do some looking to find this. Check that the wheels turn freely when off the ground. any binding can indicate a brake staying applied. (usually an internally failed brake hose (not line) This is often mis-diagnosed as a bad caliper. Sometimes you can see a "blue" rotor on the one that's hanging up, or feel an excessive amount of heat from that wheel right after this happens. Yes, check suspension parts and bearings but usually they will cause problems at all speeds, and cause "clunking" noises stopping, starting off and in turns.