Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Its shutting off while driving

asked by on

The battery is acting up and it has to be jumped at times. The dash lights blink off and on while this is happening with the key out of the ignition. Alternator is good. I think its an electrical problem

My car has 170000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Your symptoms suggest that there is a short or other electrical current draw that is playing havoc with your electrical system. GM issued a recall (Recall 12V406000) for a problem with shorts in the door lock control module, overheating electrical components. This problem can occur whether the vehicle is running or shutoff. I would first suggest that you check with your Chevrolet dealer for application of this recall. If that does not resolve the issue, I would recommend an inspection from YourMechanic to diagnose this problem, get an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs. YourMechanic can dispatch a mobile, professional mechanic to your location for an electrical problems inspection.

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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Its shutting off while driving

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: Central locking is no longer working.

It sounds like your vehicle has a problem with the body control module, mainly because you said the power locks are also inoperative from the door panel. The first thing I would suggest is to check the fuses, then have...

Q: Stalling not starting

Hi there. It sounds like the voltage in the system may have become low. Most of the time when this suddenly happens, it is because the battery died due to a bad alternator. The battery needs to be charged and...

Q: getting no channels radio

I have never heard of a specific station being blocked on a radio. It is possible that the signal on the weather station is an analog station and the radio will only play digital signals or vice versa. I would...

Related articles

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...
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.