Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The car stalled out and the battery and oil light came on

asked by on

while driving on the freeway my car turned off and the oil light and battery light came on. The batteries not dead but the car wont start. I let it set overnight after it stalled on the freeway and it started up again, I was able to drive it for about a half hour before it stalled and i havent been able to start since. When I try to start it, it cranks but wont catch.

My car has 175000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

When a car has that many miles on it, it could be just about anything. The temptation is to go shooting in the dark and just start replacing parts until the car works again. That method can get very expensive, very quickly. There are a few simple tests that a trained mechanic can perform that can systematically narrow down the cause of your problem so you don’t buy a bunch of parts you don’t need. YourMechanic can send a qualified technician to your home to troubleshoot your problem and get you back on the road for a minimum of expense and inconvenience.

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: Car shuts off while driving.

Hi there. There could be many reasons for the engine to stall out while driving the vehicle. First, check the battery and make sure that its in top condition and has a full charge of 12.6 volts. Then check the...

Q: When I try to turn on my car key , it is not allowed me to do.may I know what went wrong

Hi. This is a common problem with Honda ignition key cylinder. The key cylinder has wafers in it and those wafers move to fit the key when it is put into the ignition allowing the key to turn and start...

Q: Turning over but won't start

Hi there: Quite often the type of issue you're describing is caused by a fuel restriction or emissions component issue. Some of the particular parts that could be causing this include the EGR valve, O2 or air to fuel ratio...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...