What Does It Mean To “Lug The Engine?”

This is a term you may have heard, but didn’t know what it meant. Not surprisingly, it means almost exactly what is says. If you are “lugging” and object around, it means you are struggling to carry something that is either too large a shape, too heavy or both. You huff and puff, contort and strain trying to carry the object that is not convenient at all to carry. The same is true for your engine.

Your engine likes a lower gear to go fast in. That is comfortable and convenient for it. So, when you are going to fast in too high a gear, say going sixty in second gear (for most cars) you are “lugging the engine” because it is huffing and puffing and contorting itself to keep itself going. So, don’t do that! 🙂

If your engine is slipping, making noises or just not accelerating right, come in and see us. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!