Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Randomly shuts off

asked by on

My car will just shut off while I'm driving. Like when I get off the freeway and come to a stop the car may shut off, but it always starts right back up.

My car has 156999 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: On some of the older GM models, the vehicle...

On some of the older GM models, the vehicle with a lock up automatic transmission converter will not release the locked up converter due to a solenoid inside the transmission is sticking on. You will need to have the transmission overdrive solenoid replaced and the valve body and filter checked for excessive metal or debris in the transmission pan indicating that the transmission needs to be replaced or overhauled. Most of the time, the overdrive solenoid can be replaced along with a transmission filter and fluid change to fix the problem. If you would like to have an expert pinpoint the problem, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the stalling issue.

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: Can an ABS traction control problem cause your car to shut down?

The ABS system will not cause the engine to die. You will need to have the engine scanned for any trouble codes to see the reason you are having the engine stall. This is necessary to pinpoint the cause for...

Q: Stalling issues, error codes

Hello. The P0442 error code is an evaporative emission control code and is an indication of a small leak being detected in the evaporative emission system. There are usually no visible symptoms of this error code, other than the check...

Q: The car has been sitting for 2 years we just got the car running but there is no flow coming from the radiator i put some in

It's possible that you have an obstruction in the coolant lines, especially if the car has been sitting for a while. It's also possible that the water pump is not working correctly. The best way to pinpoint the source of...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
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.