Q: It will chug and die when put in gear

asked by on

So my Dodge will chug and die if you start and go right away. But if you let it idle for a while, it won't do it at all. Confused at what this could be?

Hello, thanks for writing in. This is usually caused by an idle issue with the vehicle. Most of the time this occurs because the throttle body is failing or because the throttle body is dirty. I usually clean it first to see if it helps. If not, then the throttle body usually needs to be replaced. I will usually test the throttle body first before replacing it. Here at YourMechanic, we can have a technician come to your home or office to inspect and diagnose this issue for you, and make or suggest the necessary repairs.

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. It will chug and die when put in gear

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: Hesitation before engine starts up.

Hello, do you mean a lag "while" the starter turns the motor over, before it actually starts? Or a lag between turning the key to '"start" and when the starter kicks off? A lag while the starter is turning, but...

Q: 05 Sable won't start. Turns over but won't fire. Fuel filter replaced, fuel pressure normal, car only starts with starting fluid.

Fuel pressure may be good but the injectors should be checked for operation. At cold start, there is a temperature sensor that must be working properly to signal the PCM to enrich the mixture on cold start. Are there any...

Q: Right rear wheel speed sensor codes

Hi there. It's possible that the TPMS is the source of your error codes and trouble's you're experiencing. However, it's also quite possible that the electrical harness connected to your ABS light is faulty; which could also illuminate the trouble...

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...