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.

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?
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 starting, idling, and then stalling

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: Check Engine Light on - P2187 and P0420 codes

Hello. If I understand correctly, when you say "catless downpipe," you mean that you have installed a pipe without a catalytic converter. If that is the case, you are always going to have the code for catalyst efficiency. The...

Q: Buzzing noise at 3,000 RPM on a 1991 Nissan Sentra

Yes, it easily could be but it makes it only at the highway speed, so it would be really hard. Jack it up, get under there and hit things with a rubber mallet, and if you hear something rattle, tighten...

Q: Car will not start. Will only move to ACC mode

This relates to a faulty mass air flow sensor. This is a unit that monitors air intake into your engine as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the motor. When this is not working properly, many...

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...
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...
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.