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

asked by on January 05, 2016

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

Car starts and then dies Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

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.

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

What others are asking

Brake lights not working in a 2001 Ford Ranger

Hello. Determining the problem with your truck tail lights requires testing the light switch to ensure that there is power going to it, and power also coming out of it when the switch is turned on. Then, it's a good...

Engine is running rough and P0401, P0171 and P0174 codes.

The first thing to check is to see if the EGR solenoid will release the vacuum when the electrical connector is disconnected. If it still doesn't release the vacuum then the solenoid should be replaced. The codes need to be...

My car hesitates sometimes when I accelerate and wants to stall

Hesitation and stalling can be caused by a wide variety of issues, most of them relatively minor to repair. A few common causes are problems with the fuel, ignition, or engine management systems. If one of the components to these...

How long can I drive on a failing ball joint

If you have a ball joint that has failed, I would not recommend driving the vehicle at all. Failed ball joints propose a serious safety issue to the driver and all passengers. This issue should be resolved as soon as...

Do I need to replace the lower O2 sensor or upper O2 sensor?

As you may know there are two O2 sensors in your vehicle, one that measures exhaust gases prior to entering the catalytic converter and one that measures the gases as they exit the converter. The purpose of the lower sensor...

What would cause 2 main computers to be bad within 6months

This does sound like a very frustrating experience. Unfortunately it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing your computer to go bad without knowing what kind of computers have been installed in your vehicle. Aftermarket, used or refurbished...

How do you use the interior light?

The interior light in your car provides important illumination when entering or exiting the vehicle, but you can also turn it on while you’re inside the car. Maybe you need to find the cell phone charger you dropped – the...

Car makes whirring noise and car doesn't start.

I would have the battery tested by a certified technician such as one from Your Mechanic. It sounds like the battery may be dead but they also need to determine if the charging system is working correctly.

When the car hits 40 mph it feels like it wants to stall and slow down.

This is a sign of a potentially failing or dirty mass air flow sensor. This is a unit that regulates the air intake into your engine and ensures that proper air/fuel mix is injected into the engine. When this is...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Like to Go Off-Roading
Your Your best bet for off-roading is a 4x4 SUV. Depending on the model that pleases you most, though, you might have to shop around a bit to find a good used one. That’s simply because off-roaders typically become very...
How to Adjust Timing on a Car
A well timed ignition will allow the engine to run powerfully and efficiently. The timing needs adjustment when the engine runs too lean or too rich.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Automatic Shutdown Relay
Common signs include the car starting but stalling immediately, the Check Engine Light turning on, and the engine not cranking when turning the key.