Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Stalling a lot, is this a common enough thing?

asked by on

I drive a 2006 Ford Explorer that has been more or less reliable for the last 120,000 miles of its life. Recently though, I have had the engine stall on four separate occasions. On those trips, it would stall two or three times before I could get it home. I did a few routine services to it, and replaced some fluids and filters. The vehicle ran fine for two trips then stalled twice on the third. I'm not sure what to do now, as this seems like it could potentially be a serious problem. The resale value isn’t great at this mileage, so is it worth replacing the engine if it comes to that?

The throttle body on your vehicle is prone to having a buildup of carbon on the throttle plates. This build up can cause the idle speeds to be lower or dip lower than specifications, causing stalling or near stalls. Ford has come out with a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 1-7-4, dated 7/2072012. The TSB requires the throttle body to be removed and cleaned, and the engine control module (ECM) to be reprogrammed. Since you have higher mileage, it may also be time to do a tune up to the engine which includes spark plugs, injector cleaning, and other 120k recommended services.

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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Stalling a lot, is this a common enough thing?

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: Smell coming from A/C vents

Hello there, a few different items can cause this type of smell in the vehicle. The most common is the heater core, but that has already been checked. Other likely causes would be an exhaust leak, fuel leak, or something...

Q: Radiator is no good, went through a few

The computer controlled fan on these vehicles comes on and goes off at a certain temperature and is controlled by the engine control module. Ford has come out with a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 09-8-1, dated 5/8/2009. The TSB calls...

Q: Have 91 ford explorer hearing clinking rattle when in gear have looked at flywheel with camera no cracks all bolts tight any idea

Hi Robert. Thanks for contacting us today. If the flywheel is solidly attached, with no cracks and bolts are all torqued correctly, then the noise is likely coming from the transmission, input or output shaft or possibly even the axles....

Related articles

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...
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.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.