Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My SUV can run fine and all the sudden it will act like it's not getting gas and stall out. It will start back up to do the same.

asked by on

My expedition will run fine and all the sudden it will act as if it's not getting gas and stall. It will start back up to stall again. I have to let it sit for like 20 mins and it will start to do it again after driving like 30 mins. What could be causing this?

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. There are a few things you may want ...

Hello. There are a few things you may want to do that will likely improve engine performance. These would include cleaning the MAF, a new air filter, a new fuel filter, and new spark plugs. All need to be replaced regularly, and are often looked over. The symptoms you are having are unfortunately attributed to a more serious issue with the fuse box. Your make and model does have a history of experiencing fuse box electrical issues and even damage from heat. Keep in mind that heat causes expansion and if the fuse box is nice and cool when this happens, you may want to turn your attention to the spark plugs and ignition system. The distributor and related components may be experiencing a bad connection when they warm up. Further test the listed components when the vehicle stalls next.

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

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: My 2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Buer 5.4L is stalling and engine dies when I go to brake. Before when I would brake the engine rpm would go up.

Hi there. What is happening is there is a vacuum leak that is present during the braking time. The brake booster either has a vacuum valve leaking or a diaphragm leaking. When stepping on the brakes, the vacuum drops causing...

Q: Where is the offside tie bar bush

I think you're referring to the tie rods which connect the rack and pinion to the steering knuckle, but I'm not sure. Since a broken tie rod can result in loss of steering, they are always checked during safety inspections....

Q: Car won't start.

The problem will need to be checked to see if you are loosing ignition or fuel to your engine, since the most common problems are the fuel pump, engine module and distributor going bad on these engines.

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...
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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...