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How to Troubleshoot a Car That Won't Turn Off
If your car won't turn off, inspect the power relay, idle speed, ignition timing, and spark plugs. Using premium fuel may help but isn't a solution.

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My car will start but will only run for a certain amount of time before the engine shuts off. Then it won't start. Why?
Hi there. In many cases, when the car will start but quickly stall, it's due to either a reduction in fuel flow (caused by a worn out fuel pump, dirty fuel filter or clogged or dirty fuel injectors or the...
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having times when I'm stopped at a light and my Hyundai Accent Sedan 2010 loses power. Sometimes takes a while to restart.
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I have a 2011 Hyundai sonata and the key is stuck in the acc position and will not turn off. I can start the car but I can't turn
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My car will start up and run fine until reaches normal temperature and be hearing clicking from kick pannel and car shuts off
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Q: Why do my car shut off when I stop
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My car cranked and ran for about 10 minutes. When I started to drive it shut off. Then it would not crank again.
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