Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car stalls when put into gear.

asked by on

Just replaced the turbo in my car. It ran and drove fine before. Now after its all back together it dies when i try to drive in 1st gear. No matter how much rpms i give it it dies. It drives in reverse fine. Idles great and everything it just wont go. Im getting boost.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Hello. Engine stalling can be caused by a ...

Hello. Engine stalling can be caused by a wide variety of different things. If the issues began after replacing your turbo then I would go back and carefully examine the work area for any loose or broken hoses, or perhaps damaged wiring that may be causing the issues. If everything looks good I would move on to checking the engine management and fuel systems. If certain components, such as the idle air control valve, fuel pump, or perhaps a transmission sensor, go bad they can sometimes cause performance issues and stalling. If it appears that the issue only occurs in first gear, then the issue could possibly even be transmission related. As these sorts of engine performance issues can sometimes be difficult to diagnose I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to diagnose the cause of the cause of the stalling.

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: When I start my car it the idle is very jumpy and the car feels like it wants to die

There are several possible causes for the idle to fluctuate like this. The most common causes are a faulty/dirty mass airflow sensor, a vacuum leak, an oxygen sensor that is reading incorrectly, or an idle air control motor that is...

Q: Replacement key for a new ignition switch

If the ignition lock was replaced with a GM piece, ordered through a dealer service department by your VIN number, then it may be as easy as ordering new keys from the dealer in the same manner, by your VIN....

Q: Car not running properly after jump

When your vehicle loses battery power, the engine control systems also lose power. When this happens, the computer that controls the engine loses its memory of certain adaptations, such as idle speed, fuel mixture, throttle position, and transmission shift points....

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...