Q: Engine shuts off suddenly

asked by on

On one occasion about 20 days ago, the car was parked while was out for a short while. When I was about to continue driving, I put the key into ignition and turned it but the engine was completely unresponsive. All the lights were working fine. I took the key out and there was a vibrating sound made by the starter relay. After I had taken it out and plugged it back in, the car started fine after several minutes. However, now I have the same issue. The engine just died out in the middle of driving. I wasn't doing anything, like braking or accelerating, and the car wasn't idling either. I did the same thing with the starter relay and turned it back on. I had the starter relay replaced. It is even worse now, as the van turns on and dies out after 15 seconds. All the lights still work in the vehicle. What is happening with it? What should I do?

Hello. There may be a problem with the electrical system, which includes the battery, starter, and alternator. In addition to the starter relay that you just had replaced, it is possible that the starter itself needs to be replaced. I would suggest that you have a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, complete an inspection of the electrical system in order to determine why your car is hard to start.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Engine shuts off suddenly

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: Difficult to get car to turn over

Hi. If your vehicle is slow to crank or has trouble starting, this may be a sign of a problem with the battery. I would recommend having the battery tested by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to...

Q: Truck misfires when the engine warms up - 1995 Chevrolet C3500

If the heat sensitivity is a good clue, this could well be the ignition control module, which is quite heat sensitive on the big block Chevy's. Would check fuel pressure (while running) as well to make sure you're getting enough...

Q: Van chugs when accelerating.

The chugging is being caused by either the fuel monitoring system (fuel injectors or throttle body injection) is metering too much fuel into the cylinders or the fuel filter could be plugged up causing the fuel system to drop in...

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...