Auto Tips from a Classic Car Lover

FAQs About A Car That Stalls

When a car begins to frequently stall, driving it becomes more frustrating than a convenience. It is possible for stalling to occur for a number of reasons, which could lead to unnecessary repairs being done unless a professional diagnosis is made. However, you might be able to figure out what is causing your car to stall before taking it to a mechanic. The key is to first obtain error codes to learn where to begin with making a diagnosis. The questions and answers below will give you a general idea about error codes and the things that cause a car to stall:

Do You Have a Diagnostics Device?

If you have a diagnostic deice or can purchase one, you can obtain error codes from your car. Depending on the age of the vehicle, the diagnostics device can be attached to a powertrain control module (PCM). The module is located beneath the dashboard. If you don't want to access the error codes on your own, a mechanic can do it for a labor fee.

Does Your Car Have Fuel?

A problem that is usually evident that causes a car to stall is a low level of fuel. However, such a problem can occur without it being as evident as you would think. The reason why is because a broken fuel gauge can make you think a large amount of fuel is in your tank when it actually isn't. Leaks in the fuel lines can also lead to gas running out faster than you intend for it to. Another thing to consider is the type of fuel that is in your vehicle, as the wrong type can cause stalling to occur.

Are the Spark Plugs in Good Shape?

Keep in mind that a car engine must receive sparks in order for it to function. Get your spark plugs checked out to ensure that they are not damaged. An auto repair mechanic can replace the plugs if they are the root cause of the vehicle stalling. A faulty crankshaft position sensor can also interfere with the engine receiving the spark that it need.

How Old is the Battery in Your Car?

A bad battery can lead to numerous parts of a vehicle malfunctioning, which often leads to stalling occuring as well. Before purchasing a new battery, it is wise to inspect it to ensure that there are no connections loose. A mechanic can tighten loose connections if you are unable to do it on your own. However, if your battery is worn out and damaged, get a new one installed in your car.