Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car sputters and sounds like it wants to stall in Park

asked by on

When in Park, my car is sputtering and sounds like it wants to stall out. But when I get to driving around, the vehicle idles fine. Also, it takes roughly three to six seconds to start up and sounds like it's having a hard time turning over.

A: Hello. If the engine has a hard time starti...

Hello. If the engine has a hard time starting and idles roughly, then it may need a tune up. If the spark plugs or other parts of the ignition system are worn, then this will occur. Another common cause of this is a failure in the fuel system. A failing fuel pressure regulator or a fuel injector that is leaking will cause this. A mechanic would start by checking the fuel pressure and the ignition system to see if there is a failure. If this is something that you plan on having looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can inspect the starting issue your vehicle is encountering and replace any failing component.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: timing chain marks

You should leave the gear where it is unless you plan on removing the distributor and indexing it again. The engine as of now is not on the TDC (Top Dead Center) of the compression stroke of the number one...

Q: Too much hot air coming in the cabin through the vents

The first thing to do when you feel access heat from the vehicle is to check the cooling system. Chances are likely something has failed. Always start by checking the level of the coolant. If it is full, then you...

Q: Battery being drained

Without knowing a make or model of the vehicle, it is impossible to narrow down the issue. Parasitic draws, or battery drain, doesn't have to come from the starting system. The problem can be anything electrical on the vehicle. ...

Related articles

How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
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.