Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: car starts sometimes and just shuts off

asked by on

Had water pump and timing changed on it and ever since then it don't run right. It sounds like a diesel, a fish aquarium in my dashboard, and just shuts off while driving.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. Assuming, the engine ran fine prior to the repairs being performed, leads me to believe the crankshaft and camshaft were not properly aligned when the timing belt was installed. As this engine is identified as an interference engine, which means piston head to cylinder head valve contact can occur out of time, internal engine damage is possible. The aquarium sound in the dash, leads me to believe the cooling system has air trapped. Bleeding the air out of the cooling system can be difficult and a cooling system flush would resolve this issue. I recommend having your vehicle’s engine runs poorly and just shuts off be diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. car starts sometimes and just shuts off

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: Dashboard backlight randomly doesn't work

The dash lights on your instrument cluster is controlled by the dimmer control module or also called a dash light brightness controller on the left side of the steering column. While watching your radio lights, turn your headlights on and...

Q: Problems with idle

Unfortunately, this is something that older cars suffer from. Vacuum lines are made of rubber. Over time, the rubber in the engine compartments begins to get hard and brittle. Once this happens it no longer performs its job properly and...

Q: Dash and tailights out.

The headlight switch actually controls two circuits. One circuit goes to the headlight relay and headlights while the other separate circuits goes to the taillights and dashboard lighting. My advice is to have a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, replace...

Related articles

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...
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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...