Q: Will a bad crankshaft position sensor cause my car to turn off while at a stop light?

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My car shut off on me at a stoplight, although it turned on it wouldn't go pass 20 for a little bit. I'm wondering if this could be related to the crankshaft position sensor??
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. The issue could be one of the following.

Check

  • The fuel pressure could be low or dropping when the engine is stalling out - possible fuel pump failure
  • The crankshaft position sensor could be shorting out or loosing connectability to the computer
  • The Idle Air Control Solenoid could be dirty or damaged causing the engine idle to drop at a stop

If you need further assistance with your engine stalling, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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