Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Loss of power while driving the car after it gets moving. Steering also goes out. I shut car off and start it back up and it's fine.

asked by on

Loss of power while driving the car after it gets moving. Steering also goes out. I shut car off and start it back up and it's fine.

My car has 160000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi, thanks for writing in. There are a few components that can cause these issues. The easiest part to inspect for proper function is the drive belt(s). If these are slipping, stretching, or breaking they will slip and can cause the engine to stall. It will also cause your power steering to fail. There are sensors that control the communication to the computer that will stall the engine and it’s accessories. You should have the camshaft sensor, and the crankshaft sensor inspected. If these are failing, it can produce the same types of symptoms. Often a scan of diagnostic troubleshooting codes will inform you when one of these sensors have failed. This usually triggers a check engine light of some sort. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home or office to confirm a diagnosis on the issue and make or suggest the necessary repairs or replacements.

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. Loss of power while driving the car after it gets moving. Steering also goes out. I shut car off and start it back up and it's fine.

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: How to turn off front seat passenger side airbag

The passenger front seat air bag cannot be disabled unless there is no weight in the seat, or the entire system is disabled which is unsafe. The system looks for weight in the seat to determine if there is an...

Q: Loss of power won't go over 35 mph - 1999 Dodge Ram 1500

This may be a sign of low fuel pressure, a failing mass air flow sensor or potentially a clogged catalytic converter. As you may already know, the catalytic converter converts toxic exhaust gases into less harmful pollutants that are suitable...

Q: Car is not running riight

Hello, thank you for writing in. While the vehicle is so new, you may want to look into any warranty that you may have, and get the vehicle inspected by whomever is responsible for that warranty. If you are not...

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...
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.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.