Why Is My Car Stalling?

Experiencing an engine stall while driving can raise a lot of questions, which is precisely why our team at Elite Acura wants to show drivers in the Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill areas why they may be experiencing engine stalling and what they can do to stop it.

Read ahead to learn why your car is stalling and how the problem can be fixed!

What Happens When Your Car Stalls

In short, stalling occurs when your engine isn’t receiving enough power to function properly. This can be caused by a number of things, but regardless, it’ll result in your engine shutting down completely.

If you experience an engine stall, it’s best to try to get to the side of the road and turn on your emergency or hazard lights. Try to get your car to turn back on; if it does, make your way to a service center for an inspection. If your vehicle doesn’t turn back on, call for roadside assistance right away.

A Faulty Transmission

faulty transmissionEngine stalling is often caused by a damaged or faulty transmission system. Anyone who drives a manual car has likely experienced a situation in which not controlling the transmission properly resulted in the engine stalling from lack of power.

However, if you drive an automatic vehicle, you likely don’t think twice about your transmission. In an automatic vehicle, your transmission is controlled by a torque converter, which is a device that functions like an automatic clutch and changes gears at certain RPMs.

If your torque converter is broken or your transmission can’t switch gears effectively, your engine won’t be able to get enough power. In an automatic transmission system, this will likely be a persistent problem requiring a repair, so it’s best not to wait if you notice issues.

Your Engine Isn’t Getting Enough Fuel

Another common cause for an engine stalling is lack of fuel. This can be due to a number of reasons, including simply needing to fill up your tank. However, if your tank is full and you’re still experiencing inconsistent fuel to the engine, there might be a more persistent problem.

For one, your engine may not be getting a consistent stream of fuel because of a broken fuel pump. The fuel pump is the part of your vehicle that transports fuel from the tank to the engine, so if it’s broken, your engine won’t receive consistent fuel.

If it’s not the fuel pump, it could be the actual fuel injectors themselves. These are the parts of your fuel system that spray fuel into the engine, and sometimes, these become clogged or defective. When this happens, they provide less fuel to the engine, causing it to stall.

Low Air Intake

low air intake engineAnother possible cause for engine stalling is low air intake. Your engine needs a good air-to-fuel ratio in order to work properly, and if your air is too low or too high, your engine won’t be able to provide enough power.

In the case of low air intake, your car may still be able to drive, but you may experience occasional stalling. The exact cause for low air intake can be many things, but it’s often caused by a faulty oxygen sensor.

Schedule Engine Maintenance Today

If you’re experiencing engine stalling, it’s best to get the issue sorted out as soon as possible. At Elite Acura, we want drivers in the Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill areas to receive the best care for their engines possible. If you’re in need of engine maintenance, schedule a service appointment with us online or over the phone today!


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