Q: Transmission. Car turning off when changing gears.

asked by on

I have taken my car now to 2 different mechanics. My car has felt like hesitating at times. It has though turned off completely for example at the gas station after turning my car on I change gears to D it turns off. Lights still on. It took a few times for it to finally stay running after put in drive. I have just gotten back in town from Miami to NC with it 1 time having the issue. It feels as if it hesitates at a red light at times. I've read that there has been issues with this same thing I'm Nissan but the Nissan dealership seems to not know what it could be. No dash signs or engine lights come on when it happens just the sign brake. I feel unsafe driving my car. What could it be?

My car has 590421 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there, thanks for writing in. This is a common issue on a lot of Nissan vehicles. Most of the time it is due to a faulty throttle body. The throttle motor fails at times and cannot keep the throttle plate open to the right angle. In some other cases the throttle body may just be dirty and can be cleaned. I usually start by doing a visual check and cleaning it if it is dirty. If that does not help then I replace it. Most of the time before I replace it I will drive the vehicle with my scan tool installed to check the throttle readings and some of the time you can see the throttle angle change when it is not supposed to. I have also seen the crankshaft position sensor cause this but most of the time this is on the 2010 and older models. If you are looking to have this repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose and repair this.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Transmission. Car turning off when changing gears.

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: Crankshaft sensor going out

That is a pretty common failure on the 4.0 engine. Random stalling, long crank, rough idle, or the engine failing to start are all symptoms. Usually a code is stored, but this is not always the case. If you would...

Q: Q: Hard shifting when engine warms up

Hello there, many different things that can cause the transmission to shift hard. The most common causes include: low fluid level, shift solenoids, torque converter, or the transmission linkage. If you decide to get this fixed, consider enlisting a qualified...

Q: There's a lot of smoke coming from my exhaust pipe when I push on the gas or going fast

Hi there. Normally, when smoke blows from the exhaust while you're under acceleration it is due to worn out or damaged piston rings. If this happens while you're driving down the road under normal throttle, it could be caused by...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
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.