Turns over but won’t start, or starts for a few minutes and then dies. It dies while driving also.

Replaced fuel filter. Car turns over but wont start. Sometimes starts when gas pedal is repeatedly pushed and then dies after a few seconds. Dies while driving down the road, sometimes pressing gas really fast will start it up again, sometimes not.

My car has 88000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. From the description you have provided, your vehicle’s engine dying could be so many things causing the problem. Assuming the Check Engine Light is not coming on. It could be the fuel pump. A fuel pressure test could, confirm the diagnosis. It could be the ignition module. Checking and having spark when it dies could, rule out an ignition system problem.

It could be the mass airflow sensor. Next time the engine is running, tap on the MAF. If, the engine dies, restart and tap on the MAF again. If it dies again, replace the MAF. There are other possibilities. I recommend having your vehicle’s starting and dying problem diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic.

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This may be related to low fuel pressure, faulty or dirty fuel injectors, a faulty or dirty idle air control valve (this relays information about air intake to the computer which makes fuel adjustments), or potentially a faulty fuel pressure regulator or fuel pump.
The most common reason is simply running out of gas. However, if you have a full tank of fuel, and your car still dies, then there is more to it than a lack of gas. You might have a clogged filter or a bad fuel pump, for example. Both of these issues prevent your engine from getting enough fuel.
Let`s Diagnose: Why Car Won`t Start Unless I Give It Gas? Unlike other hard starting problems related to car battery, this trouble indicates that either the mixture of air and fuel is not igniting or the engine is receiving an insufficient amount of air and fuel for combustion.
Some of the most common sensors that lead to engine stalling include the mass airflow sensor (MAF), engine coolant temperature sensor (ECT) and manifold absolute pressure sesnsor (MAP). The idle air control valve (IAC) and exhaust gas recirculation valve (EGR) are also well known for causing engine stalling.
Fuses – If the car dies while idling but restarts, there`s a possibility that there might be an issue with the fuses of the car. It`s conceivable that one of the fuses has blown. Take each fuse from the box and hold it up to the light.
The most common and obvious reason your car may start then die is the fuel shortage in your engine. This happens because there`s not enough fuel in the fuel rail, and there`s no fuel pressure to keep the engine alive. The reason isn`t always you forgetting to fill up your gas tank.
Why won`t my car start but the battery is good? If your car won`t start but the battery is good, the most common cause is a faulty starter – though it could also be to do with your fuel. You may have insufficient fuel to get the car going.
Petrol ignites when a spark inside the plug , petrol is refined in such a way that it does not ignite under pressure. But waits for a spark, so the reason your diesel car refuses to start with the wrong fuel is simply because petrol will not ignite without a spark.
Bad solenoid may be causing vehicle to stall.
A failing camshaft position sensor begins losing its ability to quickly transfer data. Mismatched fuel delivery and ignition timing, even if off by a few milliseconds, will cause your vehicle to sputter, accelerate poorly, lack power, stall or even shut off.
If your vehicle won`t start, it`s usually caused by a dying or dead battery, loose or corroded connection cables, a bad alternator or an issue with the starter. It can be hard to determine if you`re dealing with a battery or an alternator problem.
If the engine cranks, but the car doesn`t start: Bad fuel pump: A faulty fuel pump won`t deliver fuel to the engine, even if you`ve just filled up. Bad spark plugs: Without hot sparks to ignite the fuel charge in each cylinder, there is no combustion and no expansion of the burning mixture.
A Bad Crankshaft Position Sensor

The crankshaft position sensor monitors the position and rotational speeds of the crankshaft. Without the crank sensor, the engine control module (ECM) wouldn`t know when to fire the fuel injectors and ignite the spark plugs.

The starter operates automatically when you depress the clutch pedal before selecting a gear. If the starter and battery are designed to handle “stalling the engine” every time you stop at a red light, a few more unintentional stalls are unlikely to harm anything.

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My truck died while driving. Now will start, but dies when I push brake. If I start in neutral, I can put in drive and go but dies – 2003 Ford F250
ANSWER : Hello – your symptoms suggest that once your cold start features are no longer needed – engine warming up – there is an air "leak" that ruins low speed running. Causes could be a leaking exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, or leak in the air intake. A failing fuel pump relay (burned contacts) could cause similar behavior, contacts become hot, then won’t pass enough current to run the pump. Failing pump can also act this way – gets hot and fails. I recommend a starts, then dies inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, and give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

Turns over but won’t start, or starts for a few minutes and then dies. It dies while driving also.
ANSWER : Hi there. From the description you have provided, your vehicle’s engine dying could be so many things causing the problem. Assuming the Check Engine Light is not coming on. It could be the fuel pump. A fuel pressure test could, confirm the diagnosis. It could be the ignition module. Checking and having spark when it dies could, rule out an ignition system problem.

It could be the mass airflow sensor. Next time the engine is running, tap on the MAF. If, the engine dies, restart and tap on the MAF again. If it dies again, replace the MAF. There are other possibilities. I recommend having your vehicle’s starting and dying problem diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic.

Vehicle won’t start, once it’s jump started it only stays running until you turn it off, then it work start again without jumping.
ANSWER : Hi there. There could be two problems here. It is possible that your battery is bad and will not take a charge from your alternator while driving. In that case every time you shut your car off you will not have enough juice to start it again. Inspect your battery – it should have at least 12.5 to 13 volts to start your car, if it doesn’t you will need to replace the battery. The second problem could be that your alternator is bad and not charging your battery, in this case you will need to replace your alternator. Both the battery and the alternator can be tested in your car. If you would like to have the car checked for you, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the starting problem and proceed with repairs.

I changed the fuel pump and truck ran great for 3 days. Now after 3 days, the truck dies. It will start running for a few minutes, then dies like before.
ANSWER : Hi there, thanks for writing in. I’d be happy to help. It sounds like you should disconnect the connector to the fuel pump and inspect it for any signs of getting hot. The female connections may be too loose on the fuel pump and lose contact after running and getting hot. If there are indeed any signs of problems, then I’d suggest replacing connector and adding dielectric lube to pins before installation. This should solve the problem, but if you continue to experience issues, feel free to reach out to us for help again.

Cranks over start than dies
ANSWER : Hi There,
The idle air control valve is a small valve on the engine’s intake system that reads the air intake as it comes into the motor. This is controlled by the car’s ECM which uses this information to make adjustments to the air/fuel ratio depending on various inputs such as outside air temperature, intake air temperature, load and various other things. As you accelerate, your car’s engine is receiving a much higher dose of fuel than when at idle and conversely, when you let off the gas pedal, there is a sudden change in this fuel supply as a result of your foot letting off the pedal. When this happens, the job of the idle air control valve is to bring this deceleration down to a slow and smooth idle rather than suddenly cutting off the fuel supply causing the motor to die. When the idle air control valve is not working properly, this cause a disruption in this process resulting in the engine not being able to idle properly. I would recommend having a professional come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

Battery light turned on, car started running weirdly and it essentially died. Was able to jumpstart briefly, but it died again
ANSWER : This is likely a charging system problem (i.e. alternator or voltage regulator). As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while the engine turns the alternator. The voltage regulator is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator. When the alternator is working properly, it charges the battery as the runs maintaining a certain amperage. When the alternator is not working properly, this may cause it not to charge the battery resulting in a very quick discharge of the battery which will ultimately lead to the car shutting down and losing all power as you have experienced. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to take a look at your charging system.

My car starts up and runs about 15 minutes & dies, after15 minutes it will start right back up, i noticed the fan not turning on 2
ANSWER : Hello there. Unfortunately, there are many faults that could cause your 2004 Chevrolet Aveo to stall and die after 15 minutes. Common faults are the battery, alternator, fuel pump, fuel filter, battery cable, coil, or a wiring harness fault. The cooling fans should come on when at lower speeds and idle once the engine reaches operating temperature. If the fans are not turning on than many different faults can cause them to stay off such as the fan control module, fan motor, coolant temperature sensor, fan relay, or a wiring harness fault. To best diagnose this issue, a qualified technician such as one from YourMechanic should begin with a full vehicle inspection and from there diagnose your vehicle’s cooling and shutting off issues.

Every 3-4 months, my car won’t start. It does turn over though.
ANSWER : If your battery is weak or has bad connections to the battery, then you may have problems starting the vehicle intermittently. This is due to low voltage to the starter which is taking all the power, while the electronic ignition and the electric fuel pump get cut short. This will cause the vehicle not to start.

You may think the vehicle is turning over okay, but the starter is taking in all of the power just to turn over the motor. You should get the battery and it’s cables checked, as well as the charging system, for any problems by a qualified mechanic so they can diagnose the problem and do any repairs needed to prevent this problem in the future.