Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: problems with car choking and stopping dead

asked by on

When I start my car it chokes once or twice before it starts. Then it runs fine, but all of a sudden it will stop dead like it ran out of gas. I tried starting it up again and it choked 2 times then started up. Then I drove off with no problems. The same thing happened again - died, choked restarted. I recently changed the fuel filter and battery. Could these changes have started the problems?

A: There are a few common causes for a car to ...

There are a few common causes for a car to stall like this. The most common would be the fuel pump, alternator, or a ignition switch fault. I would have this checked soon to prevent further damage. A qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose your stalling issue and perform any repairs required.

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!

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: Why do my 2002 infiniti temperture rise quickly once started i've changed the thermostat,and the fan @clutch

Hello, and thank you for writing in. With the repairs that you have already made, you may want to turn your attention to the water pump and the radiator. Make sure after the fan clutch replacement that the fans are...

Q: Car wont turn over battery is good

It sounds like you may be having an issue with your starter. I would recommend having your starter professionally tested with a digital multimeter. This test will determine if battery power is reaching the starter. If battery power is reaching...

Q: Multiple problems with recently purchases used car

Hello. If the window on the passenger side only works with the driver switch and not the switch on the door, then the switch itself will more than likely need to be replaced. I usually test the circuit first before...

Related articles

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...
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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...