Q: What causes a car to die while accelerating and what causes a loud knocking that goes away?

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Wife was driving our 2011 Nissan Versa when she came to a stop sign. She started to accelerate when she heard loud knocking and then the car died. She turned it back on and didn't have any other issues. What could have caused this?

My car has 132000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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