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How Long Does a Cylinder Head Temperature Sensor Last?
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How Long Does a Throttle Body Temp Sensor Last?
The throttle body is an important part of your vehicle and should be monitored regularly. The throttle body temp sensor is a sensor that is mounted on the throttle body....
How Long Does a Throttle/Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor Last?
The throttle/accelerator pedal position sensor detects the position of the accelerator pedal. This information is then transmitted to the vehicle’s computer - the engine control module (ECM). From there, the data...
How Long Does a Throttle Kicker Actuator Last?
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How to Keep Your Car From Stalling
When driving a car, we expect it to get us from point A to point B without any issues. It can become unnerving to drive if your car stalls randomly when...
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You don’t want to, but if you're a car owner it's inevitable that at some point you will experience car troubles. It's also fairly certain that the machine you rely on will cause...

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I was told I need the front valve gasket replaced. My truck has stalled upon start attempt. Could the gasket issue cause this? Oldsmobile
Hello - yes, a leaking valve cover gasket could be causing this. Quite often, leaking valve cover gaskets dribble oil down onto the spark plugs, or the ignition boots which connect to the plugs. This oil causes the electrical charge...
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Wiper motor and stalling issues.
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing two separate issues. If your wiper motor is not functioning despite it being replaced then it may be possible that there is some sort of wiring...
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The car starts to stall when I accelerate at high speed.
I would first check to see if the PCM has set any diagnostic trouble codes, including pending codes. Codes can be downloaded and evaluated by YourMechanic in the context of a Check Engine Light diagnostic. The camshaft and crankshaft position...
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Car died while driving now won't crank
At 150 thousand miles it really could be anything. I'm not clear on weather you have a car that will not start or one that will not crank. A car that will not crank may have problems in the charging...
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Getting a P0430 code on my Buick Century 3100.
Hi there. The code p0403 is for the EGR circuit that shows it has malfunctioned. The code p0430 is for the catalytic converter showing that its below threshold. Check the harness to the EGR and make sure that all of...
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My throttle body light is on and my car stalls sometimes.
Hi there. When the light comes on and causes the engine to stall out, the engine computer is making the engine go into a limp mode and a reduction of power at the same time. Check the throttle position sensor...
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Why does my Saturn ion keep cutting off on me while driving it's not my battery or my alternator
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The issue sounds like it is related to the transmission, and it may be electrical or mechanical. More specifically, it may be related to the torque converter. The torque converter has a solenoid in...
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My theft light stopped my car from starting. I'm trying to see what caused the problem.
Hi there. If your anti-theft system is active and the engine will not start up, then you may need to reprogram your key fob to the vehicle if you have one. If you do not have a key fob, then...
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Sputtering and stalling
Hello. If the issue returned after the spark plugs were replaced then it may be possible that there is an issue elsewhere. Aside from bad plugs, other issues with the ignition system, such as a faulty ignition coil or spark...
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It started shaking then stalled out and wouldn't start back up
This may be related to many different possibilities, some of which may be related to a lack of spark and some of which may be related to a fuel delivery problem or a combination of both. For example, if the...
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Car turns off while driving
The stalling you are experiencing may because by the crankshaft position sensor or a failing distributor which has a camshaft position sensor inside. During the no start, if there is a lack of spark, these sensors may be at fault....
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Sputtering problems
Hello. Engine sputtering and performance issues can be caused by many things. If you have already replaced those components then I would move on to looking at a few other things. Issues with the ignition, engine management, or fuel systems...
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P0321. Internet says it could be my crankshaft sensor?
These items are not connected. You have a couple of fault codes that are tied to different malfunctions. The crankshaft position sensor may cause stalling or a rough idle. A stuck on torque converter clutch may cause stalling when the...
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The timing belt broke while I was driving. Can a mechanic estimate what additional damage the broken belt caused upfront?
The vehicle information you provided is for a vehicle that has a timing chain no a timing belt. If the timing chain broke while you were driving, then the engine must be replaced preferably by the dealer for the bet...
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My car starts but immediately kills
Hello. Thank you for writing in. You have done well to replace the main fuel delivery system in order to correct this. It does seem to be a fuel delivery issue. There are to major components you have not looked...
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My truck will start with it jumped off but even with the jumper cables still connected it will immediately idle slower and die.
Hi there. Since you had a loose battery cable before, check the cables and make sure that they are tight. If the battery cables are all the way tight and still loose, you will have to replace the terminal ends....
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Intermittent stalling
Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing can commonly caused by wiring or electrical issues. A loose, damaged, or broken wire at one of the engine management system's vital components could suddenly cause the vehicle to stall if it disconnects or...
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Car cuts out 2004 Ford Fiesta
Hello - there are several possible sources of your stalling issue - bad idle air control valve, dirty throttle body, leaking injectors, etc. Yes, it would also be a good first step to check for problem codes, even if the...
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Engine stalls when the brakes are applied
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing possible engine management or transmission issues. The symptoms you describe can commonly be caused by faulty idle air control valve. The idle air control valve is...
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Car starts good then shuts off
An engine stalling diagnostic, which you can schedule through YourMechanic, would pinpoint the cause of the stalling. Among the possibilities are a plugged fuel filter, fuel pump malfunction or blocked pump strainer, significant vacuum leak including stuck open EGR valve,...

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