Many Chevrolet vehicles are manufactured nowadays with electronic throttles in what is known as a drive-by-wire system. This system is where a series of sensors provide information to an electronic control unit that controls the vehicle’s throttle and acceleration. This is very different than back in the day when a vehicle’s accelerator pedal used to be physically connected to the throttle with a cable. If you “stepped on the gas” the cable would open the throttle and the car would accelerate.
Although an electrical based acceleration system has many advantages, it comes with a multitude of complications and problems including delayed acceleration.
The Cause Behind the Acceleration Delay and Throttle Lag
A primary complaint among Chevrolet consumers is delayed acceleration or throttle lag. As a result of the issues with the electrical acceleration system, the transmission can lag no matter how hard you stomp on the accelerator pedal!
It can be quite the task to track down the specific issues within the system that cause the throttle lag. If the affected vehicle registers error codes within the system, it can be a bit easier to identify the cause for the lag. However, the vehicles often don’t register error codes. This can make it incredibly difficult to find the root cause of the issue. Sometimes the issue can be the result of faulty sensors that need to be replaced, software that needs to be updated, or the cleaning or replacement of the throttle body.
Which Vehicles are Affected?
A wide variety of Chevrolet model vehicles have been affected by the delayed acceleration and throttle lag concerns. The problems have also been reported across various model years. If you have one of the following Chevy vehicles and you are experiencing issues with delayed acceleration and throttle lag, you are not alone and your vehicle may be a lemon.
- Chevrolet Aveo
- Chevrolet Blazer
- Chevrolet Bolt
- Chevrolet Camaro
- Chevrolet Colorado
- Chevrolet Corvette
- Chevrolet Cruze
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Chevrolet Impala
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Chevrolet Silverado
- Chevrolet Sonic
- Chevrolet Spark
- Chevrolet Suburban
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- Chevrolet Traverse
- Chevrolet Trax
Common Chevrolet Consumer Complaints with Delayed Acceleration
Consumers with all types of Chevy vehicles have reported similar complaints with the acceleration lag. Some common complaints include, but are not limited to:
- Chevrolet Silverado – Bucking as it accelerates
- Chevrolet Cruze – Delays between the time you press the gas pedal and the time it actually responds
- Chevrolet Trax – Slow to respond when you press on the gas pedal
- Chevrolet Tahoe – Slow or bogged down acceleration
- Chevrolet Impala – Delayed take off
- Chevrolet Corvette – Lag upon acceleration
OK, Now What?
Perhaps you have experienced throttle lag or delayed acceleration. Perhaps you haven’t experienced these issues, but you are concerned that you will soon. Either way, know that good help is just a phone call away.
If you have experienced issues with throttle lag or delayed acceleration, you should take your vehicle in for repairs to an authorized Chevrolet dealership. Make sure the dealership accurately documents your concerns with your Chevrolet on the repair records and make sure to keep copies of all of your repair receipts. If you have taken your vehicle in for warranty repairs related to these issues on two or more occasions, you may have a Lemon and you may be entitled to a refund under the Lemon Laws.
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