Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Idling roughly and stalling

asked by on

I recently replaced my gasket. My vehicle idles roughly and then stalls.

If you are referring to your head gasket, it is possible that something may not have gone back together correctly in the process. If the gasket did not seal, this could cause compression issues which could cause your engine not to run correctly. It is also possible that during the disassembly of the engine, a sensor or connector may not have been plugged back in. I would recommend starting with an inspection of the engine to make sure that everything is in place as it should be before you take the engine back apart. If everything seems to be in order, have a compression test done on the engine. I believe you will find your issue here. Ensure that all of these tests are performed by a certified technician in order to have the repair done correctly.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: I have a 2009 VW Beetle that engine light has cut on. Once the car is in reverse it starts to shake and will cut off. I haven't

Hello, thank you for writing in. Typically when a vehicle stalls out in a gear, there is a lack of fuel, air or spark. There are a few components that have the job of regulating these when the vehicle is...

Q: Engine whirls when it is started. The engine makes a audible but not loud WHIRRING (not squealing) sound when foot is on the gas.

There could be a hole in the intake air cleaner hoses or a drive belt that is loose causing the whirling sound. Try removing the drive belt and driving the vehicle for a short time. The battery light will come...

Q: My car's fuel efficiency is poor and it starts rough

There is a valve that is by the fuel neck next to the fuel filler inlet that measures the fumes from the gas cap and related areas. This valve is known as the EVAP purge solenoid valve. This valve controls...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.