Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car starting, idling, and then stalling

asked by on

The car starts, idles for a second, and then dies. I cleaned off the battery posts and ground connection. When I went to change the fuel filter, I stripped the rusted bolts that hold the steel fuel line to the filter.

A: Hello. If the engine will only run for a sh...

Hello. If the engine will only run for a short period of time then it may have a failing fuel pump or an electrical issue. Being that you stripped out the fuel filter connections, the metal lines may need to be replaced. Depending on how bad the line are now it may be possible to use a flare wrench to get them loose. If not then they need to be replaced. The issue may also be the air flow meter as that is a common problem on this vehicle. I would have a certified mechanic inspect your vehicle and diagnose the causes of your stalling issue.

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: Air conditioning is blowing hot air, car stalls when A/C is on

In order to diagnose all the different problems you have, I having the A/C pressures checked to see if the system is low on Freon from a leaking compressor or another component. The rough idle may be due to a...

Q: Possibly blew head gasket

If water was being added while the engine was still hot, this may be the cause for the water being expelled as it boils almost immediately as it comes into contact with hot components. If a cool engine is creating...

Q: Car running and idling rough

This is a common problem on this engine. When you get symptoms such as this with this code it is caused by an issue with the variable valve timing. Most of the time it is because the timing actuator has...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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.