Q: Shaking and low idling in neutral, car stall and runs rough in gear

asked by on May 25, 2016

While driving at highway speeds, it happens that my shifter strongly jerks back and forth when I put it in neutral. While in neutral, it idles less than 170 RPM. The car stopped running while I was at the stop light, so I restarted it. But, I had to keep my foot on the gas pedal so that it wouldn't stall again. There is no check engine light on. The engine keeps running but it is a bit rough in gear. What could be the problem here? Thank you.

Hello. The two most common issues that cause this are a bad crank or cam sensor, or a failing throttle body. I usually install a scan tool and see if the sensors are reading right. If they are, then I try cleaning the throttle body to see if it helps. If that does not help, then I check the functionality of the throttle body and replace it if necessary. I have also had the computer fail on this car and cause this, but that is not as common. If you are going to have this repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your shaking and idling issue.

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

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

How do I read the odometer?

The odometer is located on your instrument panel, between the speedometer and tachometer. The odometer tells you how many miles the vehicle has been driven in its life. You cannot reset the odometer.

Car idles fast when stopping.

Hi there: It looks like you've inspected all the normal suspects of a high engine idle situation. One issue that pops up occasionally; especially on early 2000 period cars, trucks and SUV's is due to a faulty radiator coolant temperature...

Lots of rust on a newish car, what happened?

Unfortunately, there is no stop to rust. It happens to all cars that are regularly exposed to the elements, but some parts of the country are worse than others. But don’t worry, Nissan is aware of the issue and has...

Related articles

2012 Kia Soul vs. 2012 Nissan Cube: Which One Should I Buy?
While technically these two vehicles fall into the “small wagon” classification, they look like nothing more than boxes on wheels. Some people are really into this design, while others are completely opposed to it. If you’re in the former camp,...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Live in a Windy Area
If If you live in a windy area, one of the most important things you’re going to be looking for in a used vehicle is the ability to remain stable on the road on even the most blustery days. That...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re a Plumber
Plumbers Plumbers need to carry around all manner of tools and supplies. If you’re plumbing a large building, or even a decent sized home, you’re going to need a vehicle that has quite a bit of cargo capacity. A car...