Q: My truck won't stay started

asked by on January 27, 2016

Truck stalled while driving. The vehicle cranks, but doesn't start. After sitting for a few days, the truck will start, but sputters, and then dies. I opened the gas cap and it idled for two minutes before dying again. It wouldn't restart after that.

Car is stalling Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Hi there. It sounds as if you are experiencing an obstruction in the fuel delivery system. A loss in compression after your vehicle has warmed up can also cause this issue. I’d strongly suggest having a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, diagnose the stalling problem that your vehicle is encountering.

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

What others are asking

Where is the blower motor for a 2014 ford fpcus. Its making a really bad humming sound when i turn on the heay or a/c in the car.

The blower motor is normally located under or behind the glove box. There may be some trim coverings that need to be removed in order to gain access to the blower motor. Once this has been done the blower motor...

My car died while driving it

In this case, it sounds like your battery or alternator is failing. If you'd like to get this fixed, certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose your stalling issue to determine the exact cause of your...

My car is turning off while I idle

Hello. If the car will not hold a charge then either the new alternator is not charging or there is another electrical issue. Most of the time this is caused by a bad connection at the alternator. As for the...

Car stalling when idling or stopping

It sounds like your engines Idle Air Control or IAC is acting up. This device increases or decreases airflow into the throttle body to maintain desired idle speed. The idle stop screw may need to be adjusted as well. A...

AC stops working when idling

It is possible that your compressor clutch is producing more drag than usual, causing the near stall at idle. When the engine RPM is raised, the belt rotates faster, forcing the compressor to spin. It is also possible that...

How Do Spark Plugs Work in an Engine?

Spark plugs are used to ignite the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chambers of every internal combustion engine. To accomplish this, spark plugs have two electrodes between which a high voltage spark will jump. One electrode is located in the...

How do I check power steering fluid in a 2012 Ford F-150?

Your truck is equipped power steering. This helps the power steering fluid get pumped through the steering gearbox and turn the wheels easier. To check the power steering fluid. Run the engine to normal operating temperature. Turn the...

How do I use the automatic dimming rear view mirror?

The rear view mirror is a very important safety feature, that gives you visibility through your rear windshield. At night, however, the glare from headlights can make it hard for you to use your rear view mirror. The automatic dimming...

What does the parking brake on chime mean?

The parking brake on chime sounds when you begin to operate the vehicle while the parking brake is engaged.

Related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ignition Switch
If your car cannot start, starts but quickly dies, or has electrical components that stopped working, you may have to replace the ignition switch.
The #1 Guide to Oil Change Coupon Codes (Updated 12/2020)
The most extensive guide for navigating oil change coupons and discounts.
What Does Ignition Timing Mean?
Timing Timing – it has a couple of different meanings when applied to your car’s engine. One of the most critical is ignition timing (not to be confused with engine timing). Ignition timing refers to when spark is created during...