Q: Car shakes and starts to die while idling

asked by on

My car starts to die and starts shaking while idling. It doesn't accelerate like it should, and it has problems getting up to speed whenever I have to stop and go, as well as when I'm driving uphill. The battery keeps going dead, and the car overheats.

The battery dying is it’s own issue. It could be the battery itself, the charging system, or an electrical drain when the key is off. All of these will need tested to find the culprit. The engine running poorly and overheating could be one root problem, or it could be 5 unrelated things. A leaking head gasket could cause the rough idle, low power, and overheating. At this point it’s not worth guessing. Each system of the engine will need to be tested individually. The ignition system, the carburetor and vacuum lines, the cooling system, and the general mechanical condition of the engine. It would be best to have your rough idling issue diagnosed by a certified mechanic so that they can get you your car back on the road.

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 shakes and starts to die while idling

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: My car keeps stalling at a low RPM when letting off the gas.

These codes are transmission codes having to do with applying hydraulic pressures inside the transmission. When they malfunction, they can cause the transmission to engage at lower RPM's which will cause the motor to die. If your lucky, you will...

Q: CV axle shaft issue on my Cadillac.

Hi there. When driving at highway speeds and encountering a shaking feeling in the car after having CV Shafts replaced, there could be an alignment issue with the wheels. What this means is that the lug nuts may not have...

Q: Battery going dead on a 2003 Honda Odyssey

Yes, it certainly could be. Of course, the first thing you'd want to do is have any good mechanic check your battery and your alternator. There is a load-test that the mechanic can do; YourMechanic guys can do it and...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...