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My car starts but won't stay on
Hello there, many faults will cause your 2005 Chevrolet Equinox to start then die. The most likely causes for your vehicle are the crankshaft position sensor, MAF sensor, fuel pump relay, ignition coil, or a wiring harness fault. If the...
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My truck turns over but stops turning over by itself and won't start back up.
Hi there. Sounds like you have a starter motor that is failing. When the starter relay gets hot, it will overload the ignition circuit and shut off when cranking. Check the battery cables to the solenoid on the starter and...
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Low Idle and stalling when breaking
Hello there, many common faults will cause your 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee to die when the vehicle comes to a stop and have a low idle. You have done great in replacing the idle air valve as this is a...
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Car dies under acceleration
Hello there, many common faults will cause your 2001 Toyota Corolla to have a loss of power. Replacing the spark plugs is a great place to start as this is one of the causes. Other potential faults are the the...
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Intermittent problem with car dying while driving
Hello there, many common faults will cause your 2002 Toyota Camry to stall while running and not restart. The most common faults are the fuel pump, ignition coil, MAF sensor, oxygen sensor, crankshaft position sensor, alternator, battery or a wiring...
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Engine will not idle, no power and sometimes it dies while driving
Hello there, many common faults will cause your Nissan Sunny to die while running and idle poorly. Without knowing the exact year I can only give a general answer to your question. The most likely faults for a rough idle...
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Car dies when the engine is cold but works fine after the car warms up
Hello. Your issue is very likely the idle air control valve, or related components. After continuous use for years, these valves become clogged with carbon and other build-up. The valve can be cleaned. You can use a carburetor cleaner, or...
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When I press the gas the vehicle shuts off
This may be a sign of a failing throttle position sensor. The throttle position sensor is a sensor used to monitor the throttle position of the throttle plate inside the throttle body in relation to your foot position on the...
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My car shakes and makes noise whenever I'm driving like it wants to shut off. It has shut off on me a couple times.
It sounds like you have excessive crankcase pressure as though the PCV valve was clogged ("throws oil out the oil filler tube"). Check the PCV valve and other crankcase ventilation hoses (to the throttle body and air intake). The excess...
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car dies while driving after getting warm, starts up after 20-30 minutes.
Unfortunately finding the root cause of intermittent problems can be difficult. Especially if the vehicle must be driven until it is hot before it shuts down. Something that may be worth a try is to allow the vehicle to sit...
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Car cuts off when sitting still and idling. What could that be that is causing it to do that
This may be related to a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and at...
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Engine starts, runs and drives initially but randomly it will die when you lift on the throttle approaching traffic lights/signs.
This is a common sign of a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and...
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Acts like out of gas.sputters dies then runs sputters and dies.gas in it fuel pump working smells like carbon,hot
This may be a result of a faulty oxygen sensor. As you may know the oxygen sensors which are part of your emissions system read exhaust gases to determine whether or not the appropriate amount of oxygen is present in...
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Cutting off when coming to a stop
Unfortunately, without the make and model of your vehicle, this would be tough to diagnose. Generally, when the engine dies when coming to a stop, this is commonly related to what is known as an idle air control valve. The...
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My car shut off while driving and it won't turn back over
Assuming the engine is getting fuel with the new fuel pump, the next step would be to check for spark. The engine needs spark, air, and fuel to start and run. Air is almost always present, and again assuming fuel...
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Engine shuts down intermittently
This symptom sound like an issue with the mass air flow sensor sensor. The sensor is either dirty or oily. Remove the sensor and clean it with electrical cleaner. Then after it dries, put it on and retest the vehicle...
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Car dies whiles driving and then restarts like nothing happened
Hi there - I would recommend replacing the "thrust sensor", which is actually a low-fuel pressure cutoff switch on the engine. If it detects low fuel pressure, it cuts off the ignition. Often, re-starting the engine, even immediately, is successful,...
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Cold air intake makes engine have sputter sound during shut down.
Hi there. This sound that you are hearing is a normal condition that is occurring. When an cold air intake is installed, there is a larger area for air to accumulate and when the engine shuts off, the air escapes...
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Car keeps dying while I'm driving
Hi. There could be a couple of causes for why this problem is happening. There could be a problem with the battery going bad or the alternator is under charging causing the car to die. There also could be a...
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The car shakes and randomly cuts off while driving. The car has steam/smoke coming from under hood.
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. If your engine light came on for the secondary air pump sensor, then it is possible that the secondary air pump (smog pump) has failed. The pump has oil in it and if...

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