What Causes a Car to Backfire?
We all have the image in our heads; a junky old car is clunking around on the road with what sounds like gunshots emitting from the tailpipe. While there are not literal gunshots originating from the vehicle, it’s not a gross embellishment of what is actually occurring. The loud pops and smoke-filled exhaust is a clear indication that the engine is performing inefficiently.
So what causes a car to backfire? Is it bad for my car? And how can I prevent my car from backfiring?