Addressing Auto Problems: What to Do When Your Auto Stalls and Refuses to Restart

Once in a while, even the sturdiest and the most well-maintained vehicle can experience stalling. Contrary to popular belief, new drivers aren’t the only ones who are prone to experiencing auto stalling. If, however your vehicle is starting to stall a lot more than it used to, then you know that it’s time to restore your auto’s original condition by exercising excellent vehicle maintenance. Basic vehicle maintenance includes inspecting the components under your vehicle’s hood, looking for loose or broken belts, checking your oil levels and performing an auto tune-up.

While most stalling problems can be solved with correct and regular maintenance, this auto problem becomes serious when your vehicle stalls and refuses to restart after several tries. If you find yourself in this situation, then here are some tricks you can do and items you can check to determine the reason behind your auto’s stalling.

#1 Start by turning off all of your vehicle’s accessories including your auto lights, radio and air conditioning system. If, however, you happen to be parked in the emergency lane, then keep your hazard lights on. You need to turn off all the unnecessary vehicle accessories to reduce the likelihood of draining your battery while you’re trying to restart your auto.

#2 Be wary of how many times you attempt to turn over your engine. Turning your engine too much will cause your vehicle’s battery to drain quickly. When this happens you’ll end up worrying further on how you can jump-start your vehicle.

#3 Check your gas gauge. If it says empty then your auto didn’t just stall, it flat-out ran out of gas. You know the solution to this one already. Get some fuel into your vehicle to start traveling again.

#4 If your auto stalls and the temperature gauge indicates that your vehicle was operating beyond the normal range, then let your car cool down before attempting to restart it. It might be a classic case of auto overheating. If large white clouds of smoke start coming out of your vehicle from under the hood, then you know your engine just overheated. Fill the (usually) empty radiator with water and try to get your vehicle’s operating temperature as close to normal as possible before restarting.

#5 Another possible reason behind your auto stalling is a flooded engine. Let the excess fuel abate and wait for minutes before trying to restart your vehicle.

#6 Inspect your dashboard lights. If your ignition key is set to “On”, are all the lights still lit? This could help you determine what caused your vehicle’s stalling. (lack of gas, overheating, etc.)

#7 Check under the hood for broken or loose connections, especially surrounding your battery. If your auto’s been running for a long time then chances are the components under your vehicles hood are still blistering hot. Don’t touch anything just yet, and try to find a rag to help keep your hand protected. Check your oil levels.

#8 When your engine and its surrounding components are no longer extremely hot (when your vehicle has started to cool down), check your distributor cap, radiator and engine. If you spot any signs of damage then you need to call the tow truck. If the problem lies with dirty spark plugs, then clean them out when you get home. If you happen to be out in a rainy day, then it’s possible that your points and plugs have gotten wet, at which point they’ll need either drying or replacing.

#9 If your auto has a manual transmission and you have a dead battery without any means to jump-start it, then you can try to push start your car instead. While this method is not really recommended because it can be quite dangerous, having other people push you and exercise caution while they’re at it can help your auto turn the engine properly.

#10 If you’re driving a vehicle that has an automatic transmission, check out your fuse box. This is particularly recommended if your vehicle can start but has difficulties or would not shift into gear automatically. Check to see the fuse controls that are connected to your vehicle’s brake system. The main reason behind your stalling auto might just be a blown fuse. Replace your blown fuse immediately and while you’re at it, do invest in a great set of spare fuses to avoid ending up with this problem again.

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