Q: My car has been sitting for 5 months, it starts but when I drive it it sputters and stalls, why is that?

asked by on

My car has been sitting for about 4 months, I started it and I drove it but it started to sputters and stalled numerous times, why is this?

My car has 132000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

You may need to add fresh fuel and then see if it runs better. If engine misfires then you may have fouled plugs and or bad coils. have computer tested for misfire codes to isolate the cylinder that is misfiring.

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. My car has been sitting for 5 months, it starts but when I drive it it sputters and stalls, why is that?

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: Car runs rough in rain or humidity

If your car is running rough under wet or humid conditions, this may be indicative of a problem with the vehicle's mass airflow sensor, or perhaps one or more of the ignition coils. As these problems are electrical in nature,...

Q: Y did my service emissions system light come on ? 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid

I am working on this

Q: intermittent wipers not working and windshield washer not working on 2009 ford expedition

This sort of fault is typically diagnosed using a volt/ohm meter with the factory wiring schematic in hand. The type of circuit interruption involved can vary a lot from something as mundane as a bad ground connection to the more...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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.