Q: Car starts and turns off

asked by on February 16, 2016

My car will momentarily start sometimes, but it doesn't stay running and will cut off. However, the battery is perfectly fine.

Hi there. If the engine is cranking over fine and it just will not start then I would start by cleaning out the throttle body. It is common for the throttle body to become dirty over time which can cause a hard start condition. If the throttle body is clean, then the problem is more than likely the electronic ignition switch. I have seen quite a few of these fail. A computer scan tool is needed to diagnose this to check its signal. If you are going to have this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your office to diagnose your car’s stalling issue and make the appropriate repairs.

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

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

Hello. I live in GA and have an oil leak but the check engine light is off. will I pass emissions? 2005 Volkswagon

Hello - YES, as long as the oil leak isn't causing a misfire and there are no pending codes (Check Engine not on yet), you should be fine. If you are anxious about passing the emissions test, you can always...

Car will not start - 2010 Mercedes E550

Hi there. The job of the starter relay and the fuse that supplies power to it, is to activate the starter motor to spin when the ignition circuit has been activated. Since you've hooked up a battery (by attempting to...

2012 chrysler 200 won't start after replacing alternator which was bad after testing.

Hi there. It sounds like something may have shorted during the alternator replacement. If the positive cable going to the alternator made contact with anything metal, then it may have blown the main fuse. If not, then the battery should...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Nissan Juke
The The 2012 Nissan Juke is part crossover, part sports car, and part radical looking car. It has five doors, folding rear seats, and a rear hatch for easy access to the cargo area. The seats fold flat offering extra...
Top Five Selling Cars in Colorado in 2012
Colorado Colorado offers a varied climate depending on where drivers are located. Those in lower elevations see plenty of sunshine all year, while those in the mountain areas can see as much as 300 inches of snow. Due to this,...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW 7-Series
When When power, performance and luxury are at the top of your list, the 2012 BMW 7-Series is sure to be a perfect fit. From the stylish design to two length options for enhanced comfort, three available engines and two...