Q: Car suddenly died when I stopped at intersection, when I tried turning it on it started shaking, checkenginelight on.

asked by on November 29, 2016

Car was driving fine and then when I stopped at an intersection it died. When I tried turning it back on the check engine light came on and the engine was shaking. I inspected the oil level - it was fine. There was plenty of gas in the tank. The air filter housing all looked fine, all hoses were connected. I tried to turn the car on again; same thing. Car turned on but started shaking, check engine light came on, and it died.

My car has 120000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. The engine dying, shaking upon restart and check engine light coming on, more than likely, are all related to a low fuel pressure situation. The fuel pump may have failed. A fuel pressure test would confirm the lack of fuel pressure and diagnostic steps should be performed to confirm the fuel pump failure. There are numerous possibilities and proper diagnoses is required to avoid unnecessary repairs. Accessing the ECM (engine control module)/computer for trouble codes may help direct the diagnoses. I recommend having your vehicle’s engine starts, shakes and dies be diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

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

Limp mode was on and I turned off the car. Now limp mode is off but the Check Engine Light is on.

When the car goes into limp mode, generally the reason for this is related to a critical component or sensor detecting a problem that may cause serious damage. There are existing codes in the computer which have been registered as...

Battery light on, don't have power steering in D but have in R, AC not cold, white smoke ? other day smelled sweet.

You may have a coolant leak. That can be determined if you request a coolant leak diagnostic. There was a recall for quite a few Ford vehicles, including your model, to rectify a fault with the electric power steering system....

Check Engine Light is on 2004 Toyota Camry

Hi there. The Check Engine Light is an indicator that you have a problem in one or more systems of your car. You would need to have the computer scanned to see what codes are stored and have them diagnosed...

i have a hyundai 2010 elantra and my electric steering power light came on my wheel turns fine i was wondering if i need to change

If the EPS light is always on, it means the vehicle's computer is reporting a fault in the electronic power steering system. Using a scan tool, a mechanic can download the trouble codes from the computer that have caused the...

Check engine light code for a misfire

Hi there. A misfire code is set when the engine computer sees a slow down in one or more pistons due to incomplete combustion. This can either be from a lean or rich condition. The task at hand is to...

What determines if the air bags will deploy or not?

While it might seem like your air bags should deploy during every accident, that’s actually not the case. Some aren’t severe enough to warrant it, while in other situations, deploying the air bags might actually cause injury if someone isn’t...

Fuel smell

This is likely related to your EVAP emissions system and something called a purge valve solenoid. The EVAP system prevents fuel vapors from the fuel tank from escaping into the atmosphere. The EVAP system collects and temporarily stores the fuel...

Damage after running into a hole.

You have probably damaged a tie rod. The tie rods are the link between the wheels and the steering rack. There is also a possibility that you have damaged a lower control arm or a strut depending on how hard...

The car shakes some when braking. What could be the problem?

What you are describing is a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads...

Related articles

How to Drive a Prius in the Winter
Driving Driving during extreme weather conditions brings its own challenges. For example, snow and ice can make roads slippery, causing drivers to lose control of their vehicles. It can also be hard to stop when the roads are too slick....
Top Automotive News & Stories: September 24-September 30
Angry Civic Type R, 350 special edition Ferraris, Infiniti variable compression tech, Mercedes' electric future, and more.
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota Sequoia
If If you need to haul a crowd and you want the power needed to haul all the toys as well, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia might be a perfect fit. While it doesn’t have the hauling capacity of some of...