Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Check engine light and stalling

asked by on

Car ran perfect slight idle issues rarely. Went dead, put a new battery on it would start the kill out. The car would go then lock My car has had rare idling issues throughout time. Last night came back from a trip & the car ran perfect. Woke up & the car was completely dead. Got a new battery & drove it. When i first started it jerked kinda but figured it juss needed to be ran. While driving the check engine light would come on & then die out completely. Wheel & brake lock up. It would start back up but while trying to keep going i stayed on the gas & the rpms would stick at 3. It did this multiple times & luckily i made it home. Its christmas im poor & really need help with this one. Idk if its the alternator or something to do with the idleing issue & i had someone tell me about it being the throttle body. I really need help & soon!

My car has 155000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. The symptoms you describe can be caused by many things. An issue with the engine management, fuel, or ignition systems can all cause performance issues, and if serious enough, stalling. Anything ranging from a bad engine management sensor, to a faulty fuel pump, can cause the vehicle to experience issues if it It may be possible that a faulty electronic throttle body is the source of the issue, however a proper diagnosis would be required to determine if that is the case. If the check engine light is on then retrieving the trouble codes will likely shed some light on what the issue may be. As it appears that the issues could be serious, serious enough to cause stalling, I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to diagnose what is setting off the light, and if it is related to your stalling issues.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 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

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: Engine shaking

Shaking or vibrating may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below the normal...

Q: The car keeps shaking

Hi there: When the engine shakes or vibrates, it's caused by either a fuel restriction issue or an ignition system issue. If the check engine light came on, there should be a few error codes that can be downloaded by...

Q: Codes P0016 and P0017

Hi There, Code P0017 relates to the crankshaft position sensor. A crankshaft position sensor is an electronic device used to monitor the position or rotational speed of the crankshaft. This information is used by engine management systems to control the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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 Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.