Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Van dying when put in gear

asked by on

My van starts up, but once I put it in gear, it dies. AAA thought it was the alternator, but I think it could be an issue with the fuel system or the computer.

A: I think the most likely cause would be a fa...

I think the most likely cause would be a faulty computer or sensor of some kind. I would recommend having an inspection of the engine and transmission performed by a professional.

It would also help to scan the vehicle for any trouble codes that may exist with an OBD2 scanner. The trouble codes will aid tremendously in the diagnosis of this issue. In fact, it would be very difficult to diagnose without them.

I have also heard of motor mounts going bad to the point that the engine shifts, and it automatically shuts off due to the excessive torque. I would recommend having the engine and transmission mounts inspected as well just for piece of mind.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: burning smell smoke out of vents, no blowing for air or heat

Hello there, Smoke coming out of the vents is not a common failure point. There are a few possible causes for this though. The most common would be the blower motor resistor, blower motor, heater core failure, wiring fault, or...

Q: The car cannot start, oil pan dented, lost oil pressure

Hello there, there are a few problems that could result in the loss of oil pressure and not being able to start. If the pan was hit in the right place it may have interfered with the oil pickup. The...

Q: Fuel pump issues

Hello. There are a couple possibilities including the fuel issue you have mentioned. If you spray additional starting fluid in the intake and it runs longer, then that's a clue that fuel starvation is the problem. See if you can...

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...
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...
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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...