Q: Car turn over but stalls out

asked by on February 06, 2016

My car will turn over but stalls out, and the Check Engine light comes on.

Hi. If the engine will turn over and try to start, then it may be a problem with fuel pressure or one of the engine sensors. It is common for the fuel pump to fail as well as the crank position sensor. A mechanic would start by checking the fuel pressure with a pressure gauge. If there is no pressure, then they would check for voltage at the pump. If there is voltage, then the pump is bad but if there is not, then there is a circuit issue. If the fuel pressure is fine, then the computer needs to be scanned for codes with a scan tool.

I would look for engine speed when cranking the engine. If no engine speed is registered, then it is the crank sensor. If it shows the engine speed, then there may be a much more difficult problem, such as a bad computer, that would need to be diagnosed. If you need further assistance, I recommend you have a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, inspect the stalling problem and repair any failing parts.

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

Oil still leaking after I changed oil filter

Unless there is an imperfection (e.g., serious pitting or irregularities) on the engine mounting base for the filter gasket, the leak is probably not at the filter. There are other adjacent potential leak spots such as the oil pan gasket,...

Engine misfire on all cylinders

The actual codes would be needed to steer you in a precise direction. Generally, global misfires are a consequence of a major fuel and/or air induction system issue. Your vehicle has individual spark plug coils so that is not likely...

My radiator seems to forcing coolant into the reservoir.

Hi there: If your engine is not overheating or showing any signs of cooling system problems, then there are two reasons why additional fluid will show up in the overflow reservoir. First, it's possible you might have too much coolant...

Related articles

P2018 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Module Performance
P2108 P2108 code definition Throttle actuator control module performance What the P2108 code means This trouble code indicates that the powertrain control module has detected a malfunction with the throttle body control motor or module. This code is only found...
P0192 OBD-II Trouble Code: Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0192 trouble code definition Fuel rail pressure sensor circuit low input What the P0192 code means The power control module (PCM) has...
P2504 OBD-II Trouble Code: Charging System Voltage High
P2504 P2504 code definition The P2504 OBD-II fault code simply means that an irregularity was detected in the charging system circuit - specifically that the voltage was high. This high voltage reading may have originated from the battery, charging system,...