Car Stalls

What constitutes a stall?

A stall occurs when a vehicle?s engine stops turning, while idling or even on the highway. Since many electronic components are used simultaneously to operate the various systems, the cause can sometimes be difficult to diagnose.

What causes my engine to stall?

When an engine stalls, it could be one, or a combination of several reasons. The engine might not be getting enough air or fuel. The spark plugs, ignition switch, fuel pump, or distributor might be bad, or there could even be a clogged air filter. In a manual transmission, other causes might be a sudden increase in the engine load if the clutch is released too suddenly, or the driver forgets to depress the clutch or change to neutral when stopping the vehicle.

What are my options?

The vehicle can either be taken to a local auto repair shop, or a skilled owner may be able to diagnose and repair some problems. There are automotive websites that advertise auto repair services and parts. Others offer free DIY instructions online, and service manuals or how-to books can also be purchased online.


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