Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The vehicle sometimes just dies and is hard to restart.

asked by on

The motor sometimes just stops and is hard to start up again. Sometimes it stops while idling and sometimes it stops when in motion. Sometimes it will start back up instantly but other times I have to let it sit for 10 minutes or so and sometimes for an hour before it will start. Any suggestions?

My car has 165000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This is a common problem on these engines and most commonly caused by the crankshaft sensor in the bell housing. You should be able to have the engine computer scanned to see if you have any codes to diagnose first. After any codes are diagnosed and taken care of, if the problem continues, then have the crankshaft sensor checked when the problem is happening and replace it if you get no signal from it. These sensors will tend to fail when warm or all the time. If you need assistance getting this checked, a technician from YourMechanic can come to the location of your vehicle to diagnose your car’s stalling issue and let you know what needs to be repaired.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. The vehicle sometimes just dies and is hard to restart.

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: Hemi top end started making 5loud noise.

Hello. To answer you first question, yes, defective lifters can cause loud knocking noises to come from the cylinder heads. If any of the lifters get stuck or lack lubrication it may cause them to make a noise. The noise...

Q: My car makes a loud noise whrn accelerating in low gear

Doing some research, it looks like this is a fairly common problem, all signs point to the driveshaft being the cause. The driveshaft connects the transmission, or transfer case, to the drive wheels. The noise is most likely caused by...

Q: Transmission 2nd gear not engaging properly.

The transmission may need to have the linear control solenoid and spring replaced due to a broken spring and clogged passages in the transmission and solenoid. If after flushing out the passages and replacing the parts it still has shift...

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...
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...
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...