Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car starts, turns off, and won't restart again for five minutes.

asked by on

Car starts and turns off. It doesn't seem to idle, but will not start again until about three to five minutes later.

A: An engine needs three things to run: fuel, ...

An engine needs three things to run: fuel, spark and compression. So, your engine is not getting the right combination of these three essentials. One thing that comes to mind on a vintage vehicle such as yours is vacuum leaks. Vacuum hoses and lines deteriorate over time, resulting in an engine that dies and/or won’t idle. However, there are numerous other issues that could cause a problem such as yours. I suggest you take your vehicle to a trained technician for proper diagnosis and repair. The mechanics at YourMechanic are an excellent resource.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I changed the throttle body on my Murano and ever since gas pedal is unresponsive? I did all 3 relearn procedures. What is wrong? 2004 Nissan Murano

Hello - there are a couple of possibilities for the "failure to relearn" of the new throttle position sensor". If engine management recognizes an invalid parameter during the relearn process (low system voltage, AC compressor kicking on, etc.), it cancels...

Q: oil changes

Tribologists, who are employed by companies that refine and sell lubricating oils, as well as the engineers at the car engine manufacturers, are the individuals who determine best practices when it comes to specifying engine oils. Mechanics merely convey their...

Q: Won't start auxilary power

Hello. There are several possibilities for what is causing the problem that you are having. There could be a problem with the camshaft sensor or crankshaft sensor. These sensors read the position of the camshaft and crankshaft in order to...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...