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Does your car stall when you are driving it? You don't need to a degree in automotive mechanics to know that this isn't normal. Even if it's only intermittently, stalling while driving is a serious problem that increases the risk of collision. You might not have the time to veer your car to a safe area, resulting in another vehicle running into your bumper. The first step to fixing this problem, however, is to identify what's causing your car to stall while driving.
If your battery is unable to hold a charge, your car may stall while driving. Keep in mind that most car batteries last for just four years, after which their ability to power your vehicle's electrical system begins to degrade. Eventually, you may be unable to start your car. Or if you're able to start it, your car may stall while driving. Either way, you should check the battery if you are experiencing this problem.
Another possible cause is a bad alternator. The alternator work harmoniously with the battery to power your car's electrical system. When driving, the movement of your car allows the alternator to produce power, which is then transported to the battery, thereby recharging the battery. If the alternator fails, however, the battery will never recharge, resulting in it dying. You can expect a typical alternator to last for about seven years.
If your car stalls while driving, check to make sure there's gas in the tank. I know this sounds like common sense, but millions of motorists are stranded on the side of the road each year because they run out of gas. When a car runs out of gas, the engine will typically cut off while the electrical system remains intact.
Bad Fuel Pump
Even if you have fuel in your car's tank, it might not be reaching the engine. Gas is stored in the tank, and in order to reach the engine, it must be pumped. A bad fuel pump, however, means fuel will remain stuck in the tank while restricting your engine of this vital ingredient needed for combustion.
Finally, a failure of one of your car's sensors, such as the camshaft sensor, may cause your car to stall while driving. You can usually see if a sensor is failing by looking for the check engine light. If your car's check engine light is turned on, scan it for the fault code. If it matches a sensor failure, you know what's causing your car to stall while driving.
Whether it's a car, truck or SUV, buying a used vehicle is a smart way to save money. Because they've been driven and used by a previous owner, however, there's a greater risk of defective or failing components. This is why it's important that you take your time to choose the right used vehicle. To [...]
It's alarming when you discover the needle rising into the "hot" zone on your car's dashboard. Engines are designed to operate at a specific temperature, and when they become too hot, catastrophic damage may occur. The first step to controlling your engine's temperature, however, is to determine why it's overheating. While there are more than [...]
Engine oil isn't the only fluid that circulates through your car. There's also coolant, brake fluid, power steering and transmission fluid. Coolant is designed to carry heat away from your engine; brake fluid, also known as hydraulic fluid, is designed to lubricate and move your car's braking system; power steering fluid is designed to help [...]
Does your car need a wheel alignment? If you've experienced unusual handling in recent months, you might be asking yourself this question. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore the warning signs, only to discover bigger, more expensive problems with their car later down the road. You'll have a safer driving expensive while saving money in the process, [...]
Replacing the timing belt or chain is a regular form of maintenance for many cars and automobiles. Also known as the cambelt, it's designed to synchronize the camshaft and crankshaft, allowing the engine's valve to open and close at the right times. Considering that the average cost of replacing the timing belt costs $500 to [...]
The battery plays an essential role in the function of modern-day cars. It's responsible for providing the power needed for your car's electrical systems to function. Without a functional battery, your car's engine, lights, air conditioning, stereo and other electrical systems won't turn on. A typical car battery, however, only lasts about five to six [...]
When the summer heat hits, you may find yourself waiting five or more minutes for your cool to cool off before driving. Rather than pulling out of your driveway or the parking lot, you'll run the air conditioner while patiently waiting for it to cool off. If this sounds familiar, though, you should consider the [...]
Having your car stall while driving is more than just a nuisance; it's a serious safety risk to you and other motorists on the road. If you're driving on the highway and the engine suddenly shuts off, you could be rear-ended. So, what causes cars to stall, and how do you fix it?#1) Fuel Pump [...]
Rust is a serious concern for drivers. If your car develops rust, it can quickly eat through the body, causing serious and costly damage that's difficult to repair. Unfortunately, there's no way to completely protect your car from rust and corrosion. If it's made of metal and exposed to moisture -- even the moisture vapor [...]