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Car starts and then dies Inspection Service

Starting a vehicle only to have it quit immediately after can be confusing and annoying for many drivers especially if their vehicle has not experienced this type of issue before. Typically, a vehicle will start and then quit because of an issue with the fuel or electrical system. It is important to monitor fuel levels as well as warning lights which can signal to the driver that a vehicle may quit unexpectedly.

How this system works:

To start a vehicle, the electrical system, composed of the battery and starter, turns the engine over. Once running, the engine requires a constant flow of gasoline and good spark to keep that fuel igniting. If gasoline is not readily available, or if there is not enough spark, the engine will quit. More modern vehicles with sophisticated computers may affect the way the vehicle runs. These computers help the car run efficiently but can also shut a car down if the fuel/air mixture is not correct. While an older vehicle may be less sophisticated and easier to diagnose, the computers on modern cars can provide more specific information when connected to a code scanner/reader.

Common reasons for this to happen:

  • Mass Airflow Sensor: The mass airflow sensor measures how much air is entering the engine and relays this information to the vehicle’s computer so that the right amount of fuel can be delivered from the fuel injectors. When a sensor begins to fail, the vehicle’s computer may generate an error code to indicate that something has gone wrong. An issue with the mass airflow sensor may manifest itself when a car starts and then stalls soon after starting.

  • Fuel Pump Relay: The fuel pump relay functions much like a fuse for an electric fuel pump. The fuel pump relay engages as the vehicle is started and starts the fuel pump. While the vehicle is running, the fuel pump relay turns off and the fuel pump is powered by the oil pressure sending unit. If the vehicle’s computer is unable to keep the fuel pump relay running throughout the starting process, the vehicle may start and quit immediately after starting.

  • Ignition Coil: Your vehicle’s ignition coil takes the low voltage of the battery and provides the thousands of volts needed to create a spark in the spark plugs. When an ignition coil begins to fail, it may struggle to provide consistent spark to the plugs, causing the engine to stall after starting.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the reason why the vehicle starts and then dies. The mechanic will then provide a detailed inspection report outlining why the vehicle quit and the cost of any repairs that need to be made.

How it's done:

A mechanic will begin diagnosing your vehicle’s issue by plugging a code reader/scanner into the vehicle’s computer. The mechanic should be able to get more information from your vehicle’s computer on what component has failed. Using this information, the mechanic can begin necessary repairs.

If your vehicle has a bad or failing mass airflow sensor, the mechanic will begin by finding the sensor in the engine bay and checking for any signs of failure. The mechanic should check the wire harness connected to the sensor to ensure that all of wires are properly connected. After removing the sensor, the mechanic should be able to discover the nature of the failure and replace the sensor.

If the mechanic suspects an issue with the fuel pump relay, he or she should check the vehicle’s computer for a problem. If the vehicle’s computer is having difficulty providing consistent power to the fuel pump relay, the computer may need to be reprogrammed or replaced. If the vehicle’s computer is functioning normally, the mechanic may need to replace the fuel pump relay.

If the mechanic suspects that the ignition coil may be faulty, he or she should first disconnect the battery before beginning work. The mechanic should then begin the process of disconnecting wires from the ignition coil and removing it from the engine bay. The mechanic will then install the new ignition coil and ensure that it is connected properly. The mechanic should then reconnect the battery and test the new coil.

With all repairs, the mechanic will ensure the newly installed parts work properly. The mechanic can then turn off and warning lights that may have come on while the vehicle was not running properly.

How important is this service?

If your vehicle is starting but dying soon after starting, you should have it checked out by a mechanic. Issues involving the fuel management and electrical systems will become worse if not dealt with. Diligence and paying attention to warning lights may help prevent further damage to critical engine component and may save money in repairs. A vehicle that quits after starting can be inconvenient and having a mobile mechanic inspect and repair you vehicle will ensure that you and your vehicle are back on the road soon.

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Deane

10 years of experience
320 reviews
Deane
10 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Car starts and then dies Inspection - El Cajon, California
Deane arrived 15 mins early for our appointment. He found a hose had been knocked loose when my husband was replacing the thermostat housing. Deane just reconnected that house and our truck was fixed - all in 23 minutes! Deane did an excellent job, he was knowledgeable and professional. We would definitely book Deane for any future auto repairs that may come up. Thank you Deane
Volvo XC70 - Car starts and then dies - La Mesa, California
Great mechanic. Hose from turbo came off . He put it back on and tightened it and let car run for a while. Making sure this was the problem.

Ruben

22 years of experience
116 reviews
Ruben
22 years of experience
Hyundai Genesis Coupe - Car starts and then dies - Las Vegas, Nevada
Ruben was excellent, he found the problem quickly and professionally he cleaned up after himself and gave me a quote on the next step thank you so much for your service i will recommend this service to my friends
Buick Lucerne - Car starts and then dies - Las Vegas, Nevada
Recommend friendly , knew what is was right away , came alittle before time scheduled better early than late 

Marco

28 years of experience
43 reviews
Marco
28 years of experience
Toyota RAV4 - Car starts and then dies Inspection - Upland, California
Excellent mechanic!! Very professional and honest. Fixed all my problems on the spot!! Highly recommended. A+++

Breck

19 years of experience
613 reviews
Breck
19 years of experience
Isuzu Rodeo - Car starts and then dies - Cypress, Texas
Our vehicle would not stay running & we tried many different things to fix it ourselves but nothing worked. Breck was able to diagnose the problem with our vehicle in a matter of minutes. Great job.

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