Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

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?

A: Hi there. I would check the crankshaft posi...

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?

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: Where is the tps on my 1992 Isuzu truck? 2.3 4 cyl. Standard transmission

The TPS is mounted on the throttle body inline with the throttle shaft. It will have a three wire connection. Feel free to contact a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, if you need some assistance with the replacement...

Q: Transmission slips off line under mid-full throttle

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1998 Oldsmobile LSS. The first thing to have checked in a situation like this is the transmission fluid level. Using the directions laid out in the owner's manual, inspect the transmission fluid...

Q: More Horse power and performance chips

Hi Tim (great name). To be completely honest, with more than 200,000 miles on your Buick, you're risking serious mechanical failure by making any performance upgrades to your engine; without completely rebuilding it. As a motor ages, so do 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...
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...
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.