Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The car want stsy running

asked by on

Ok I bought the car about a month ago and at first I didn't see a problem but now when I crank it it will just shut down on its on or when I'm in traffic driving...I will have to sit for 5 minutes before the car starts back up but when it does start it will shut off again...I replaced the spark plugs, coil pack, distributor cap, rotor nose, fuel pump and filter

My car has 56000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. Usually when an engine randomly shuts off, it’s due to a fuel system fault. Some common components that are either dirty, clogged or have bad connections include the EGR valve, a vacuum leak or primary jets (if your pick-up is carburetor powered) or fuel injectors (if it’s injected) that are clogged. I’d start by cleaning these components and testing for a vacuum leak first. If you can’t find the issue, you might want to have a mobile mechanic complete a car starts then dies inspection.

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: Power steering not working.

The power steering pump, hoses or rack and pinion are all known to leak. The most common of them is the high pressure line from thee pump to the steering gear to leak. If you have run the pump dry...

Q: my transmission keeps trying to slide off the transmission jack.

This should not hurt the exhast to do this. I would recommend asking for a helper if necessary to help you keep the transmission level. If the transmission falls, this can damage the transmission rather than the exhaust. If the...

Q: F250 a 2003 out of nowhere the trans temp went on high and tow/haul light started to flash

Prior to allowing any work, just be sure an actual diagnostic was performed and be sure it was explained to your satisfaction and is believable. If the fault was accurately identified and ONLY faulty parts are being replaced, and the...

Related articles

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...