Car dies when it's stopped


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batterup5000
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ANY IDEAS?????????

My car runs fine while I'm driving, but here lately, (not always, but sometimes) like if I'm stopped at a redlight or going through a drive through, my car will die.

I can turn it right back on and drive away like there's nothing wrong? It only happens when my car is at an idle, but driving wise it's fine no problems. Does

anyone have any ideas what it could be???? I have a 03 ford focus btw.

 

 

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Cali (not verified)
Re: Car died in drive thru
I had the A/C on most of the drive and then when I pulled into the drive thru and came up to the window it just died on me. I only saw the battery light come on. It started right up again with no trouble. Could the air conditioning cause this. My car is a 94 Toyota Corolla. I hate to drive it and worry about it dying on me somewhere else and not starting up again.
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Re: Car dies when it's stopped

 I've had the same with my vehicle, ended up being a dirty IAC Valve.

nicopatterno (not verified)
Re: Car dies when it's stopped

It can be a fuel line for somewhat electrical! Might want to check some alternators to make the car run again, the battery needs backup component for charging to prevent the car from stalling.

Bruce9997
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Re: Car dies when it's stopped

One other thing that could be wrong is the fuel itself.  For whatever reason, fuels that contain ethanol seem to be a cause of the engine cutting off when you're stopped at a red light, or stop sign.  I once had an '84 Mercury Marquis that did this same thing.  The engine had less than 80,000 miles on it when it started doing this, and even the best mechanic in town couldn't figure it out until he asked, "What kind of fuel have you been using, and I told him where I'd been filling up.  He just said, "Oh, ethanol."  From everything he said, I gather that ethanol burns too hot for most engines made from cast aluminum, which is what most engines are made, as opposed to cast iron.  So, my guess would be to fill up somewhere that they aren't using ethanol, which may be difficult, seeing as how this is what many of the gas pumps are using these days.


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Re: Car dies when it's stopped

i have a 88 pontiac grand am when it gets just below half tank mark it wants to die but will start up again if i but gas in it just past half tank runs fine

snazzy
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Re: Car dies when it's stopped

this happened to me on my 89 chevy nova. (loved that car!0 but mine wsa the alternator if i remember right. problems like this are hard to determine and usually cost a bundle to find and fix. sorry it took you a wad of cash but glad you have your ride back.

 

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batterup5000
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Re: Car dies when it's stopped

I finally found the problem!! It was a vacuum leak..I can't believe i spent $200 bucks trying to fix a $3 problem (that's how much new hose cost) crazy huh!!!! But yea my car is running good as new, crazy how much a vacuum leak can affect your car!! Well anyway, thanks for everybody's input!!!!!!!!!!

batterup5000
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Re: Car dies when it's stopped

Thanks for all the help guys..I'm still having the problem though. I have changed my spark plugs and wires. I have changed the fuel and air filters, I took to an auto part store and they put the computer diagnostic thing on my car and it said faulty O2 Sensor, so I replaced that.  But still same problem, took it back to the auto part store again for a diagnostic, and now this time it said it might be a Mass Air flow sensor, well changed that but still same issue. It's starting to get frustrating and expensive. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

tallcoolthom
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Re: Car dies when it's stopped

In the trunk, on left hand side under the liner there is a emergency fuel cut out sWitch for the fuel pump. There is. A red button in it. Depress buton.
Should reset the fuel pump. If problem persists. Have the cut out replaced. If problem still persists. You need a new fuel pump. And possibly new injectors...
You might need to have your injectors checked any way. For an 03 the injectors average about $75 each.
Try having your mechanic ensure the firing order is correct. And that the temp is accurate.

If you need further advice pm me.

I have a lot of tech. Specs for the focus...

STaRDoGG
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Re: Car dies when it's stopped

Fuel pump and/or filter, idle speed needs adjusting, timing adjustment.

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Re: Car dies when it's stopped

I think I know the answer to this one.

1st Check your battery cables, make sure they are not corroded.
2nd Check your air filter, most important because most tune up places won't change.
3rd Check spark plug caps, make sure they are not corroded.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Car dies when it's stopped
4th Alternator 5th fuel lines for leaks
Princessbell (not verified)
Re: Car dies when it's stopped

Not that I know much about cars, but is it an automatic?

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