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.

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  • 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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