4 Common Reasons for a Car to Stall Out

September 5, 2018

Stalling out on the road can be very scary. You’re driving along fine and then, suddenly, your car isn’t running anymore. Along with the anger and disappointment, you could easily get into an accident if your car stops stalls out in the middle of a road. Today we’re going to take a look at 4 common reasons why your car might stall out and what you should do next.

4 Common Reasons for a Car to Stall Out

A Bad Battery

Most often, people think a car with a bad battery simply won’t start. Though this is true for a dead battery, if your battery is only on its way to death, then you could be prone to stalling out. You could also experience a stall if the terminals connected to your battery have corroded.

In the event your battery isn’t doing well, your car’s alternator will have to compensate for the lack of ample electrical power. This will lead to stalling out.

If you’re able, you can use a voltmeter to check the status of your battery. If you don’t have a voltmeter or your battery is on the decline, you should bring it into your local auto mechanic and let them have a look.

A Bad Fuel Pump

This is pretty hard to catch in advance, but it’s very obvious after the stall has occurred. However, if your car stalls out and you are unable to restart it, then the fuel pump is a likely candidate. The only way to address a bad fuel pump is to replace the broken pump.

Excessive Moisture in the Gas Tank

Gas is essential to keep your car running, but sometimes water can find its way into your tank. If you have a moisture problem, it leads to a less efficient combustion in the engine (after all water isn’t combustible). This can lead to engine stalling.

The solution here is to drain the gas in the tank and refill it with trusted gas. However, you may want to have your vehicle looked at by your local Davidsonville, MD auto mechanic just in case.

Bad Spark Plugs

If you’re having a hard time starting the vehicle, or you find that the engine has been misfiring, then your spark plugs could be the culprit. If your spark plugs have gone bad, then they will need to be replaced.

Do You Need Auto Repair in Maryland?

If you’re having problems with your car stalling out from a bad battery, faulty spark plugs, or any other reason, call on Choisser Import Auto Services today. We can help correctly diagnose and repair the problem so you can drive safely and with confidence.


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