Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Why does the car start but shut back off? What do I need to do?

asked by on

Why does the car start but shut back off? What do I need to do? My car's transmission is unknown to me.

A: Hi there, thanks for writing in. I’d be hap...

Hi there, thanks for writing in. I’d be happy to try to help.

I’m curious to know if other symptoms are present before isolating what’s going on. The truck shutting off can happen for a variety of reasons. When this happens you should have a check engine light on which will cause the computer to register some trouble codes.

I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home or office to diagnose the issue with a scanning tool which will allow for downloading those codes. This will help to determine what the cause of the problem is, and we can go from there about how to fix it.

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: Car doesn't start.

Prior to performing diagnostics be sure you have a fully charged battery installed that passes a load test. Then, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from starting. If there is no...

Q: Trac light and VSC warnings sound for no reason, can I disable them

Hello. Unfortunately you cannot disable this without having other issues. Most of the time this is caused by a calibration issue with the yaw sensor and the steering wheel. I usually reset and calibrate the system to see if that...

Q: Front brakes drag

In order to locate the possible cause of your front brakes dragging, you will need to do some tests to isolate the cause. When you are testing the system brakes dragging the lift and support, check both front wheels to...

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 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.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.