Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Vehicle sputters and dies

asked by on

The vehicle takes a while to turn on. When it does, it's fine for a couple of minutes, but then it starts to bog down, sputter, and sometimes shuts off. When I try to drive it and push on the throttle, the vehicle bogs down and sputters like it wants to die.

This can be caused by a number of things. If it is hard to start and acts like this if it is usually fuel related. I usually start by scanning the computer for codes. If there are codes present, then that can help to isolate the issue. If there are no codes, then I would check the fuel pressure. I would monitor to see if the fuel pressure is bleeding off. Most of the time this is caused by a bad fuel pressure regulator. If the regulator fails it can cause the engine to not have enough fuel or to have too much fuel from a leak. If you are going to have this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your vehicle’s sputtering issue.

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

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: Stalling at red lights, and sputters sometimes when I press the gas.

This may be a sign of a failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine. This valve is controlled by the...

Q: Car shakes when brakes applied

The shaking when the brake pedal is pressed is most likely caused by your brake rotors; you may need to have them replaced, as well as your brake pads. I recommend having a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic,...

Q: Mercedes Benz Service B

The service reminder system is not simply a mileage counter anymore. It is a computer integrated into the car's other systems that takes into account such factors as temperature, speed, how long your trips are, and whether you do more...

Related articles

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...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...