Q: Idle in drive then died now won't crank or start

asked by on January 02, 2017

Was idling in drive. Then died now won't crank or start.

My truck 2009 f250 diesel 6.4 L has 125000 miles.
My truck has an automatic transmission.

Exhaust Gas Recirculation/EGR Valve Replacement $144.81 - $884.51 Get a Quote

Hi there. Sounds like the engine gas recirculation valve (EGR) is coming on when the engine is at an idle. Check the EGR and see if its plugged in and working. If so, then remove the EGR valve and clean it and push in the valve inside it and make sure that it can move freely. Then put the valve back on and see if the engine will stall out or stay running. If the engine still continues to stall out, then I recommend replacing the EGR valve. If the engine still continues to stall out after replacing the EGR valve, then I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you diagnose your stalling issue.

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

Spark plug hole stripped

Sometimes the hole can be saved, and sometimes it cannot. Methods for repairing the hole include chasing it with a tap, or using a HeliCoil kit. A HeliCoil is a coil-wire insert used to create new threads in the cylinder...

starter

Hello, thank you for writing in. Even without a check engine light, there may be codes present that will help with this. Scan the vehicle for codes first, and use any present to help guide you. The noises you are...

Smell of gas

Hi there: Anytime you smell gasoline, it should be taken very serious. You could have fuel leaks on the fuel rail or any of the fuel injectors. You could also have a fuel tank vapor line to the intake manifold...

Have a 1990 bronco xlt 5.8 switched transmission from a 1995 c6 tranny the transmission gears timing is off wat can i do

Have a transmission mechanic check the transmission to see if it is an internal problem or just the governor needs replaced. You may just have the kick down linkage adjusted wrong and needs a simple reset of linkage. This can...

Burning or hot smell coming from under the back of car 2009 Dodge Journey

Hi there - there could be several causes for "something's hot": a clogged catalytic converter, dragging brake, blocked muffler, and so on. This task might require a remote infrared heat sensor (so you don't have to crawl under the vehicle),...

Pitted surface around exhaust ports on head.

The cylinder head gasket mating surface must be machined flat to ensure a proper seal and the exhaust manifold mounting surface may be machined if there is an exhaust leak there from the cylinder head warping. A few small pits...

How do you remove and reinstall head restraints?

Your car’s head restraints serve and important purpose in providing better comfort, but also in ensuring safety during an impact. Of course, there may come a time that you need to remove them (and reinstall them when you’re done). Here’s...

would skipping an oil change cause a P0008 code

Diagnostic Trouble Code P0008 sets when the engine control module (ECM) detects an out of range variation in the mechanical timing of the crankshaft and the camshaft. The crankshaft and camshaft(s) are normally moving in a fixed position, relative to...

Truck has trouble starting, idle's too low, losing power, check engine light is on.

You may want to try and run some combustion cleaner into the intake. You can get the good cleaner from any Ford parts store. You use a small rubber hose and allow it to get sucked into the engine slowly...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Just Retired
Here’s Here’s a cruel, hard fact – car manufacturers no longer target seniors. Instead, they devote their time and energy to appealing to the 18-45 demographic. Still, some features make certain cars more suitable for older drivers. We have...
How Does an Engine Idle High and Low?
A common problem that car owners experience is high or low engine idle. A damaged intake gasket, cold air intake, or PCV valve can cause idle issues.
2012 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2012 Ford Escape: Which One Should I Buy?
SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) are a fun class of vehicle to drive – with their generally excellent handling on the road, their quick acceleration, and the ability to move a fair number of people while still looking pretty cool, they...