Q: Car dying when put into gear

asked by on

My car starts, but doesn't drive. It has a new battery, but has been parked and not driven for about six months. It dies as soon as I put it into gear.

Your concern can be as simple as a broken/dry rotten hose that may be allowing too much air into the engine. The ignition system must be well-tuned and the alternator must be capable of charging the battery during vehicle operation. All of these must be taken into account during an inspection of your car’s stalling by an experienced mechanic, like the ones at YourMechanic.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car dying when put into gear

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

Q: Vehicle fails dead at signal light or stop sign

It is possible that the throttle body gasket or intake manifold gaskets are leaking vacuum. The engine produces vacuum to draw in air and fuel. This vacuum needs to be regulated by the induction system. Some vacuum leaks can be...

Q: Hot idle light keep come on

Hello. Thank you for writing in. The vehicle should not be driven when the transmission hot idle warning light is illuminated. Serious and irreversible damage can occur. At the very least, the transmission needs to be serviced. This means they...

Q: Tire hitting coilovers

Hello. Unfortunately, if the tires are hitting the coils, new struts, and coils will not fix this. The clearance of the tire from the coils comes from the offset of the wheels. Larger aftermarket wheels will allow this to occur....

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...