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Common signs include irregular or unusually high idle speed, the Check Engine Light coming on, and stalling while idling.
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What Causes a Car to Stall?
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How Long Does a Cylinder Head Temperature Sensor Last?
The engine’s performance is largely based on temperature measurements performed by the engine control module (ECM), also known as the vehicle’s computer. As the temperature of the engine increases, the...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Crankshaft Position Sensor
Common signs of a faulty crankshaft position sensor include issues starting the vehicle, intermittent stalling, and the Check Engine Light coming on.
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?
What happens when you turn down things in your vehicle such as the air conditioner? It slows down in a controlled manner. Just like when you decrease your speed it's not...
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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Just put a new carburetor, battery, starter relay, alternator, car stalls out while driving and battery dies when restarted
The battery should be load tested. Simply charging the battery or measuring voltage is not adequate. Measure charging output, too. You want to confirm that the ignition system, including for instance the ignition coil and ignition switch, are not intermittently...
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2001 Honda accord ex 4 cylinder stalls when driving
If the crankshaft position sensor has been directly tested, using an automotive scope or real time scanner, and is confirmed to be faulty (as opposed to having a sensor wiring or other fault) it is recommended to replace the sensor...
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My car died on the freeway 6 days after getting new battery and alternator. Any idea what this could be?!
The repair work and the stalling are not necessarily related and thus could just be a coincidence. If the car re-started, just check to be sure the battery is fully charged and that the charging system output is correct. If...
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I have an 08 Nissan Xterra. There have now been a couple of times when while driving the vehicle at low speeds it shuts off
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several reasons the vehicle may not start right away after stalling. Typically this is a sign that your engine is missing a critical component such as air, fuel, spark, or electrical power....
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When I turn my car on it barely runs for a few seconds then the engine turns off.
Check for diagnostic trouble codes. If no codes have been stored, you can consider the typical causes for immediate stalling which are a faulty mass airflow sensor, faulty engine coolant temperature switch/sensor (typically at cold start only), faulty camshaft or...
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I have a 2000 Toyota Avalon when I get on the gas it won't accelerate now it starts then shuts right off
Check for diagnostic trouble codes which might provide sufficient clues. If, though, no codes have been stored, you can consider the typical causes for immediate stalling which are a faulty mass airflow sensor, faulty engine coolant temperature switch/sensor (typically at...
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1998 nissan maxima wont stay running
Hello, thank you for writing in. When dealing with this type of issue, start simple. For example, you should have the vehicle scanned for diagnostic codes. Even without a check engine light on, there may be codes present that relate...
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Car shake and miss fires but only when low on gas
Hello, thank you for writing in. A fuel pump issues is a very good assumption to make with the information given. When they are weak and having issues regulating fuel pressure, they begin having similar symptoms. You can verify this...
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NO CHECKNENGINE LIGHT ON ... CAR LOSES POWER WHEN I CHANGE GEARS IN PARK .. WHATBCAN THAT BE ..
Several possibilities could account for this. The torque converter could be locked up. To get an "indication" of that possibility, you could try raising engine speed to around 1,800 RPM and then, with a clear path ahead, put the gear...
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Hi! Thanks for wanting to help!! 2003 bmw 325i. (M54 - Automatic) Car ran really rough before I started work on it. Shaked/ran ve
Check for vacuum leaks, including that through a malfunctioning EGR system. When you first start the car, on cold start the mixture may be rich enough to overcome such leaks, but almost immediately the ECM can't keep up with the...
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Car is smoking, knocking and idling by itself.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is overheating, and the other symptoms are related to it. If it has overheated passed a certain point, there may have been major damage done to the engine. At this point, the...
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My car is a 1974 Ford Bronco. I was driving doing about 35 when my car suddenly sputtered and died. Wont idle without foot on gas
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having one of several issues. Due to the lack of self diagnostic programming on the vehicle, it is going to be a process of elimination. You are going to want...
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my car has code p0442 and p0171 2003 suzuki aero. check engine light is on and it stalls occationally when i take my foot off the
Hello, thank you for writing in. The most recent issue with stalling may have triggered additional codes, and the vehicle should be scanned again for a more accurate idea of where to start with diagnostics. From there you can start...
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my gas cap keeps coming loose causing car to shut off. This only happens when its out side
This one makes me very curious. The car should continue to run whether the gas cap is loose or not. In fact, the car should be able to run with no gas cap at all, but the check engine light...
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My car was low on gas. Will start but won't stay on. What could it ve not the starter
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several reasons why the vehicle would stall under these circumstances. Typically if you run the vehicle out of fuel it does hurt the fuel pump. Beyond burning out the pump, it can...
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My car starts, stalls, and then speeds up fast, what could be the problem ?
The first thing to check for is air leaks. Look under the hood for any large or small rubber hoses that are in bad condition and could be allowing air leakage. Any air that gets into the engine without going...
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My car starts and drives good but if I don't keep pressing gas pedal the car just turns off
what you seem to be saying is that your car will not idle. Most often that is a problem with either an air leak, or a problem in the idle control motor. Air leaks are easy to check for. Just...

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