Q: Car almost stalled, steering wheel locked up, all lights on dashboard came on, pushed gas pedal and nothing happened.

asked by on March 20, 2017

while driving the car started to sputter, steering wheel locked up then all the lights on the dashboard came on. car came slowly to a stop then started sputtering again. pressed the gas pedal to see if i could move any further, and no sound, no revving, nothing. shut the car off, waited a minute then the car started right back up. pushed the gas pedal all the way to the floor and barely moved. drove it the rest of the way home and every time i let off the gas pedal the car would start to shake.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. When the engine is stalling and sputtering, this is an indication that the fuel system has lost pressure. Check the fuel pump relay and see if it is hot and if its clicking on when the key is turned on. If the relay is hot when the engine stalls or sputters, then there is an issue with the wiring to and from the fuel pump or the fuel pump maybe weak. For the steering column to lock up, the locking solenoid in the steering column losing power when the engine stalls. This could be an issue with the ignition switch as the solenoid is energized with the key turning in the ’ON’ position. The shaking could be either the brake rotors are worn causing the shaking when the brakes are applied or if the brakes are not applied, then the CV Shafts could have a joint that is felt when loaded when coasting. I suggest checking out the rotors, CV Shafts, the fuel pump relay, and the ignition switch. If you need further assistance with your engine stalling, shaking, and sputtering, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Vehicle bucks while driving

It's not likely that servicing your transmission will fix your problem. Without experiencing the problem firsthand, it's difficult to say if what you have is an engine or transmission problem. Obviously, internal transmission issues can result in a harsh downshift...

My car died while driving it

In this case, it sounds like your battery or alternator is failing. If you'd like to get this fixed, certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose your stalling issue to determine the exact cause of your...

Gas gauge not working

Hello, the operation of the fuel gauge is like this. The fuel level sensor receives a steady voltage input, and as the level changes the voltage output of the fuel level sensor change. The fuel gauge in the dash receives...

Related articles

2012 Honda Odyssey vs. 2012 Mazda 5: Which One Should I Buy?
Passenger vans may be one of the most maligned classes of vehicles. From being called "Mom-mobiles" to being mocked extensively by those who have not experienced the comfort and ease of getting into and out of a van, vans just...
What Kind of Bulbs Are Used Behind the Dashboard
Your Your dashboard contains a number of light bulbs. They’re used for everything from lighting up your speedometer to turning on the Check Engine Light. What kind of bulbs are used behind the dashboard? Actually, that might not be a...
How Long Does a Cylinder Head Temperature Sensor Last?
The 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 resistance decreases which means the voltage drops. The computer...