The problem: Over the past few weeks, when I start my car (and as it continues to run) it does a few abnormal things that I’m not used to. It doesn’t start like this every time but it seems to be happening with greater frequency lately. (1) I can hear it chugging along (that’s how I would describe the sound) and I can notice a lot more smoke coming from the mufflers. The smoke is white and pretty dense. (2) As I give the car more gas, it seems to take a while for it to shift gears or recognize that I’m giving it gas. (3) The lights and fans seem to “dim” if I’m not giving my car any gas. This is noticable not only to myself but my hard of hearing father. (4) If I come to a stop, I can feel the engine rumbling. (5) The engine light comes on SOMETIMES but not always. More often than not it won’t be on at all when this is happening.
Some background info: As stated in my title I have a 2001 Honda Accord LX. It has never done this in the past. I’ve been using my car starter a lot more lately and I live in the frozen tundra of North Dakota. I think it might be related to the cold, as it gets colder it seems to happen more often. The SRS light is always on but has been on consistently since before this problem even started.
What I’ve already done: I’ve taken my car to a mechanic and since the problem wasn’t occuring when I took it in, they just ran some computer checks. The computer log found nothing wrong (no recorded errors or problems). I got my oil changed (since I needed to get that done anyway) and it’s still happening.
Any help with this issue would be awesome! Thank you!