Q: My car stalls when hitting a bump, once stalled it takes a while for the engine to restart.

asked by on

When Im driving and hit a bump my car stalls. Once stalled, it takes a while for the engine to turn back on and it appears to be flooded.

My car has 156000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

If your vehicle is only stalling when you hit a bump then it will be a loose electrical connection or an electronic part that is sensitive to road shock. This will need to be isolated to locate the issue. The fact that you are flooding the engine with fuel indicates you may be loosing spark to the ignition system. You may have a loose connection at the distributor or an ignition module that is bad.

Was this answer helpful?

I’m going to take a leap and guess that you have a problem in the connection at the coolant temp sensor. In the older cars like yours, an interruption in the circuit at the coolant temp sensor could cause a car to flood and stall because the open circuit is seen by the controller as sub-zero coolant temperature. If there is a problem in the wiring harness or the connection at the sensor, a strong jolt could interrupt your connection. Of course I can’t see your car and there might be other issues at work. To get a hands-on diagnosis, you can contact Your Mechanic. They can send a technician to your home or office to check out your stalling Samurai and let you know just what it is going to take to solve it.

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 stalls when hitting a bump, once stalled it takes a while for the engine to restart.

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: When I set the alarm only the left side indicator lights flash, the right no light flash. the alarm work OK.

When the alarm was installed the alarm output wire for the lights need to be tied into a parking light circuit or turn signal circuit. Whom ever installed your unit hooked the light output wire to only the left turn...

Q: Q: Car shutting off.

I would recommend that you ask for help from a mechanic to properly repair your wiring. Once the wiring is repaired he can check to make sure that there are no more problems with your vehicle and that the wiring...

Q: Car dying without warning

Hi. There could be several possibilities that are causing your problems. A faulty fuel pump relay that is heating up would disable the fuel pump and therefore starve the engine of fuel. A fuel pressure test, during steady cruise, will...

Related articles

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.
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.