Q: Car shuts off when putting it into drive

asked by on

My car keeps shutting off. I had the wires and spark plugs replaced. I couldn't get it to start after that, so I had the the coil pack replaced with new one. I managed to start the car after this repair. However, the car now shuts off as soon as I put it in drive. What might be causing this?

Hi there. I would check the crankshaft position sensor and its connector plug. If the tachometer jumps around a bit at idle or low engine speeds, this is another indicator that the CPS is failing or has bad electrical connectivity. A professional mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, can help troubleshoot the stalling issue and replace failing components.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car shuts off when putting it into drive

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: Ok car starts and runs fine normal idle but once it gets up to warming temp it's like it starts to bog and dies.

With the randomness of the codes you are pulling, it is hard to determine what they have in common. When diagnosing mechanical errors like this, keep it simple. Due to the loss of power and stalling issue, I would like...

Q: Engine cuts off and electrical components malfunction - 1995 Oldsmobile Delta 88

Relays provide for managed power distribution. A chattering relay is a failure mode where the electrical contacts are burned and aren't delivering power. I would have a professional mechanic identify which relay is chattering and determine how relevant that relay...

Q: my 2001 ford windstar is making a knocking sound when i start it

A loud sound like that you are describing would suggest an internal mechanical failure. You might check engine oil pressure which will give you some clues. If a part cause is low oil pressure, due to excessive clearances (which in...

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...
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...
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...