What is wrong with a car that will turn on but then turns off immediately?

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chances are the battery is out of wack or the engine could be flooded

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Whats wrong when i Turned key off on car but something kept running then white smoke?

The ignition timing is out

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Why does the vehicle turn on but will then turn off?

Fault with immobiliser, will require recoding of keys, of further diagnosis

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What could be wrong if your car is running fine but then it decelerates and it turns off?

possibly vapor lock...just take off ur gas cap...if not check if u have fuel pressure...there should be a pressure valve u can push with a key that will shoot fuel if u have pressure if u do the prob is in ur fuel system...if not its in the ignition system

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What is wrong with a 2002 Tahoe Chevy runs fine then shuts off after only running for 20 min and then turns back on after 5 min?

If the fuel filter has been changed, I would suspect a faulty fuel pump. If the fuel filter has not been changed, do that first.

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What could it mean if your car turns on but then shuts right back off?

Could be as simple as a plugged fuel filter.

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What is wrong if your engine will turn on but your car will not stay in gear?

ur gear box or clutch has gone take it to ur local garage!!?

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What is wrong with your car if it drives good but when it comes to a stop on a red light it turns off?

Plugged fuel filter. Plugged PVC valve. Plugged air cleaner. Any or all of the above.I would suggest looking for a cracked vacuum hose, which is a common cause of a stall at idle..

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Car will not stay on runs for a while then turns off?

i would say it will be overheating, check coolant level

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Your car will turn over a few times but not catch then it stops turning over?

its ur car right?? cause if this is that thing like the movie (the ring), that's weird...its your spark plug or alternator... charge the battery, or jump start.if that doesn't work, go for autozone or other car shop for spark plugs..if that doesn't work, head for a mechanic....good luck

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What is wrong with a vehicle that can be started with a remote but NOT manually?

When a remote start device is installed several wires need to be spliced into.All of these are at the ignition switch, my guess is that one end of the splice for the start wire has come loose, unfortunately it is the one going from the splice to the key switch.You'll need to go over the connectio...

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What is wrong with a car that only picks up speed when ac is off?

it is totally normal especially for a 4cyl car your air conditioning is compressing airso that why it is sluggish with it on

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What is wrong with a 2001 Legacy Outback when you turn off the car and the tail lights stay on?

Try checking the brake light switch.The brake lights are working fine. The running lights are staying on.The solution was the parking light switch on top of the steering column was in the "on" position. Switched it to off and problem solved. Actually never used the switch, guess one of the kids w...

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What is wrong when a 1996 Saturn SC1 will turn over but not start?

check for fuel pressure/ and then check to see it its fireing. no fire could be a coil pack or/ computer. no fuel could be fuel pump or filter or injector pulse.

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What is wrong with a car radio when it will not cut off when the car is off?

If it has recently been wired in it has probibly not been wired in correctly. There are normally two power points for a car radio, one constant and another that works only when the ignition is on. By the sounds of it, it is wired into the constant power source, hence not switching off with the ig...

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When a car turns off while driving does it mean something is wrong with the timer?

Cars don't run with timers. If they did it would be seriously dangerous. If the "check Engine" light has appeared, start with having your local auto parts store read the code(s). The code(s) will help diagnose what the problem is. Could be as simple as a very dirty fuel filter.

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What is wrong with a car when you turn the car off and it still is running?

most likely your ignition switch is bad. is not breaking the circuit.Or your vehicale is running so rich (air to fuel ratio) that the catalitic converter is glowing red hot from working so hard to burn up the unburned fuel. So in theory even though you turn off the ignition which usually kills po...

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What is wrong when I turn my ignition on it turns but the engine won't start?

that's hard to say it could be as easy as battery or something like your starter theres a couple things it hard to tell with out being there

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What is wrong with my 2000 Lincoln Town Car when it starts then stops suddenly it will stay running if you give it the gas but will stop when you let off the gas?

This is usually caused by a bad ISC motor. The ISC motor may also be called an ISC or IAC or Idle Control or Idle motor when you ask for it at your parts counter. If they look at you like you have too many heads, try one of the other names. These mostly go bad during cold or damp weather, and whe...

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Oil pressure gauge reads low but is oil is full then car shuts off it will restart but shuts off again after a few seconds?

Need more info. What kind of car? What model? What year? How many miles? Most cars will run with no oil in the motor, Only for A short time, This will ALWAYS ruin motor, Oil level being full does not make the car have oil pressure, although the car will not have oil pressure without oil in the mo...

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Why car stereo will not turn off with the car?

the ACC wire from the stereo is connected to constant power (+12V)

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Why would a car start drivin and then turn off and wont turn back on?

suspect bad fuel filter first, then fuel pump, alternator or battery, ignition module...

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What is wrong when car cuts off in middle of driving and restarts after you turn car off remove key then restarts?

Yes but I don't take the key out it just restarts

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Why does your car start but then turn off after about 100meters of driving?

Wow! Lots of things.Does it stall cold, or hot? Or, both?It is it an older, carbureted car, or is it EFI with a control computer?If it has a carb, and stalls cold; I'd say the choke is set too far open. Or, the float level too low (lean.) My car would stall in a few miles, it was the fuel filter ...

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If experiencing a brake failure should you turn your car's ignition off immediately?

Not immediatley, but pull over and turn on your hazard lights. Then turn off the ignition.

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Ac works fine until you shut off truck then ac clutch will not turn back on?

have your pressure control switch checked by a repair shop it may be defective.

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What is wrong with your car if you turn the key to the on position and then turn it to the off position and the starter is still cranking?

starter solenoid sticking

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What might be wrong with an 1991 Integra when driving the car we lost acceleration then as it slowed it turned off now it will not restart No indicators came on and no smell of any fumes?

It could possibly be the timing chain. If you remove the valve cover, you can inspect it to see if it is broken.

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Engine will turn over but wont start could you tell me what could be wrong?

The engine might not be getting any fuel. The engine may also have weak or no fire at the spark plugs. Check these two places to find the problem.

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What is wrong with my car if it spits and sputters when turned off after a long drive and is leaking a little water on the ground?

This is because your vehicle's engine is almost at the highest operating temperature as you drove a long drive and you may have shut the engine down without letting it to cool for a minute or two. here what happens is your engine is hot and the heat is exchanged through the radiator to atmosphere...

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What can be the problem if you start a car then it shakes then turns off?

its probably a dead battery if u cant start it up after a few minutes

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Is it bad to turn off car engine immediately after stop?

Turning off your engine immediately after stop, prolongs the cooling time ( cooling circuit cuts off ) which is undesirable ( not so harmful though).No matter what , such engines should always be idled a couple of minutes prior to shut down.

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Is it OK to turn car off with AC on?

In short, no, you do not have to turn your air conditioning off before turning off your vehicle.That being said, it never hurts to disable electrical systems, including the fan, before switching off the ignition.

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You parked your Endeavor and then went to lock the doors and there was no power then you went to turn the car back on but no power and no clicking sound whats wrong with it?

The battery is probably dead. Get somone to give you a boost. The battery is probably dead. Get somone to give you a boost.

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Is it bad to turn the car off with the AC or radio on and then start the car running with these items already on?

No When you turn your ignition switch to the "start" position all these accesories are automatically "blocked-out" to prevent a spike on the electrical system and devote full battery power to start cycle.

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What is wrong with a truck that is backfiring?

If it is petrol then it is probably the ignition timing not set correctly.If it is diesel then it is probably the injection pump timing not set correctly

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What is wrong with a Mazda 323 if the lights fade and then the car dies?

My 1989 Mazda 323 had a "fade-out" not too long ago, and then the car died. I tried "jumping" the battery with the help of some guys at a gas station and it came right back to life. I drove to a service station and they confirmed for me that my alternator had died. This could be your problem! The...

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What is wrong with your 01 Neon when you start the car it does not turn on and all the power and gages turn off but the engin still clicks?

First of all is the lights working in the car? (over head lights or any kind of lights) If your not getting anything at all (no lights) then you should check the battery. If the lights are working then I would check your starter. Most of the time if you take the battery somewhere to get checked t...

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What could be wrong if a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am hesitates and bogs down accelerating then after the car is off it will not start for at least an hour then runs rough with no power?

dan is this a 4 cylinder?quad 4 by chance ,does it misfire,if so it could be the "DI" direct ignition on top of the valve cover or the module that is attached to it,also ispect coolant temp sensor but that doesn't sound to likely,if you get this throw up some more info.There is no such thing as c...

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Will a car with a blown engine turn on?

You'll still have electric power until the battery runs down. As for the engine, it depends on how it is blown. If it has a catastophic failure such as broken piston rods it won't turn over and run. If it is jambed in some way it won't run. Now if you have a cracked piston or a wrist pin about to...

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What is wrong when car runs and then will not crank?

Battery cables could be loose, battery could be bad, starter could be bad, starter solenoid could be bad, ignition switch could be bad. Turn on the headlights and try to crank the engine. If the headlights dim or go out look at the cables or battery. If they stay bright look at starter, solenoid ...

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What could be wrong with your car 1986 Honda civic that when you pushed the gas to fast to go faster the car seem to turn off?

Well this just Happened to me..... My problem was that in side my distrubtior a relay went out and altonator is shot hope this helps you....TAG

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What does it mean when turn car on a oil light stays on for few seconds and then shuts off?

The oil light come on if there is not enough oil pressure. When you first start up, the oil pump needs a little time to build up the pressure. However, you should check that the oil reservoir is full with the dip stick (with the car cold and on level ground).It may also be that the oil and oil fi...

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What to do brakes have lots off petal when car is off but none once it's turned on?

check fluid level in master

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1999 Nissan altima headlight will not come on and parking lights will not go off when car is turned off?

headlight switch is bad

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Your car was jumping and smoking black was the carburated then you rebuild the carburated the car don't turn off but when you stop and go start to jumping and trying to turn off but not what could be?

if the car doesn't turn off and puffs black smoke and jumpy then I think that the idle is set to high on the carb turn the adjustment screw which is on the right side of the carb in front of the throtle lever turn it to the left

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Why will a Ford F-150 start but not turn off?

Sounds like a problem with the ignition switch.

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What do you do when you turn of the ignition on the gm marine 350 gas engine and it does not immediately shut down but diesels then back fires through the carburetor then shuts down?

Did you change the ignition wires lately? If so, you may have cross wired the firing order of the cylinders. Check to make sure that the firing order is correct. Chevy 350's are usually 18436572, but check your manual, also the rotation direction of distributor(unless module). If that doesn't sol...

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After driving for awhile then turning off car car will not restart Turn key silence not even a click Let sit for an hour car starts no problem?

What kind of car year make and model?

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Why wont my 1984 Chevy S-10 automatic that will start up but not go into gear what is wrong?

The shift cable runs under the drivers side carpet. After many years of moisture and corrosion the cable seizes up and you can't move the shift into gear or it moves with great difficulty.

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My car run for 5 minutes then cut off what wrong?

That could be a whole slew of things....I would call the dealership and ask them about what is going on.

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What is wrong with a car that burns a lot of oil?

If it is burning oil, and smoking very badly (blue smoke) then the oil control rings/cylinders are shot- and the engine would have to be rebuilt or replaced. Mild puffs of blue smoke after standing and taking off like from a traffic light would indicate possible valve seal/guides that are worn ou...

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Why does my car start and then turn off?

An issue with the mass airflow sensor may manifest itself when a car starts and then stalls soon after starting.When an ignition coil begins to fail, it may struggle to provide consistent spark to the plugs, causing the engine to stall after starting.

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Why does my car start then turn off?

An issue with the mass airflow sensor may manifest itself when a car starts and then stalls soon after starting.When an ignition coil begins to fail, it may struggle to provide consistent spark to the plugs, causing the engine to stall after starting.

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What is wrong if your car starts up fine but shuts off within seconds?

very hard to say but sounds like an immobilizer problem, or it is not getting adequate fuel flow...

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Key is in ignition and turned power is on but car will not start?

sounds like the starter

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Ford Taurus 1995 the car will start but when you turn the ignition off it won't shut off?

Mine did this and I found a plastic plunger inside the ignition switch had broken so it only worked in the one direction. I had to turn it off by taking one battery terminal off. I had to pull the steering wheel off and it was a pain but it worked. See "Related Questions" below for instructions o...

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What should you do immediately after you turn off the ignition?

Take the keys out and put them in your pocket.

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Have a Saab automatic car will not turn off completely engine is off but the radio is still on the key needs to be jiggled according to owner but this is not working?

The whole mechanism needs lubricated, it is getting stuck

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What is wrong with your 86 mr2 it wont drive in drive but will in low gear?

most likely the transmission

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Your car starts then seconds later it shut off what wrong?

Q.Your car starts then seconds later it shut off what wrong A. that must be some crappy car

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Why will a diesel car turn over but wont start?

Could be for a number of reasons. A proper diagnosis is required to narrow it down.

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Your power windows and heat will work then shut off then you cant get back on?

Faulty relay (cut-out) is the most likely explanation in this case. Have it examined and changed if necessary.

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What is wrong with the car if there is blue smoke from the exhaust when you take off from a stop but it goes away while moving?

Hey Lynn==It is probably just tired and in need of an overhaul. It will probably chug along for some time but an overhaul is in order. GoodluckJoesounds like you have leaky valve seals. They are letting oil into the cylinder when the car sits still. There are tools that allow you to replace the v...

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Will a car run with the wrong firing order?

When the firing order is wrong or delayed, the engine does not run properly.The spark may be delivered to the cylinder when there is no fuel/air mixture or before it is properly compressed.One symptom of an incorrect firing order is the engine does not run.Turning the ignition does not start the ...

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What is wrong if your 93 Jeep Grand Cherokee was running fine then you turned engine off now there is no power to any electrical components?

Sounds like dirty battery cables. Remove cables from battery and clean battery post and inside of cables. When these get dirty the resistance builds up an alt. Thinks battery is charged. After cleaning you may have to jump to start. Other cause could be the alt, and or battery

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Will a water pump cause a car to turn off?

A defective water pump can indirectly cause to shut off. Either through overheating, or, if the vehicle is so equipped, a sensor designed to protect the engine in the event of engine overheating.

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Why would Brake pedal on ford zx2 stay up with car off but go to floor when car is turned on?

Vacuum booster is working--When vehicle off there is no vacuum assist (for power brakes) When vehicle is on vacuum is present Brake pedal going to floor is another problem--no fluid in master cylinder? Leak in system? Brakes not adjusted properly?

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What is wrong with your ford Taurus if it wont blow warm or hot air but it Will cold air?

Temp blend door malfunction.

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Why when you turn your car on then it shuts its self off?

Well see it isn't that big of a deal you just should start it back it up and it should go!

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1995 Honda Odyssey and the SRS light has come on and will not turn off what does that mean?

The SRS light refers to the airbag. Take the car down to autozone, or your local mechanic and have them plug it in and read the trouble codes. Then they can tell you what exactly is wrong with it.

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What is the problem if a car starts and then turns off but if you unhook the negative terminal for the battery and hook it back up the car will start fine?

The a sensor is bad, removing the cable resets the ecm

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You have on very dim headlight and one regular headlight it is the same on brights if you mess with the dimmer switch it will get bright but then your tail lights go off what is the problem?

I would check all the wiring first. Then, you should probably figure out if any lights need to be replaced. That's my guess.

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Your 95 lesabre starts off blowing out cold air then it turns to hot why is that?

try adding ( 1 ) can of 134A freon sounds like the system is low.

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What is wrong with blower motor that squeeks on 1999 Oldsmobile intrigue?

The shaft that runs to the motor has got debree, dust etc. on it, and can be fixed with a little lubicant, however it will squeak again. I just replaced my blower motor. It is about a $70 replacement. It is about a 30 minute job.

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I connected an amp in your car but when the key is on it works but if the car is on it turns off?

I will answer your question with another question: how did you get into my car?

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What is wrong with your car that shakes when it is idling?

could need a good tune up sounds like it has a miss

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What happens when you turn the car on the motor start shaking then the car cuts off?

You need to check your timing belt if it is not in time it will not start or run for a little then shut off.

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If a car runs normally for about 15-20 minutes then oil light comes on and car starts to lose power what is wrong with it?

You may find that your oil pump is not working properly. You may also find that the engine will overheat as well if this is the case.This happened with my 92 Chevy van. Shop put it on computer, said oil pressure sensor malfunctioning (false high pressure signal) and o2 sensor failed and ended up ...

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What causes coolant fans to kick off and on when the key is turned over but the car isn't running?

Assuming you have electric fans, and the engine isn't hot enough for them to engage at the point when they're supposed to, the problem most likely lies in your thermal sensor.

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96 beretta its starts but when you press the gas it cuts off what is wrong?

fuel filter may be clogged or fuel pump is bad need to check fuel pressure to see if getting rite amount of fuel

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My 1991 cutlass ciera does not want to start coughs and sputters and will finally start and run great but then when car is turned off will not want to start again?

Replace your fuel filter; if it still happens I suspect your fuel pump is getting weak and should be checked for pressure output. Has your battery been replaced lately? The reason I am asking is that when you put in a new battery, or you're old battery needs charged, when you first start it, it h...

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I have a 99 Pontiac sunfire that turns over but will not start. What could be the problem?

it could be anything from a clogged fuel filter to a blocked fuel pump, or losing spark in the distributor cap. if your PONTIAC has the PASSLOCK security system in it. turn ignition to on position... but do not start... for (10) ten full min. then turn key OFF for (10) ten more FULL mins. then tr...

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How come your car runs on idle but turns off once you put it in gear?

Could have a large vacuum leak. Give us more info about the car like the year, make, model and engine.

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What is wrong when you turn off your engine and it stays running?

First off, the A/C... that switch on the drier is a low pressure cut-off switch. ... Go out to your car and look at where the back of the door meets the body. ... As my favorite tool dealer always says; "Quality is not expensive, ...

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What happened when your car turned off while going 70 MPH for less than one second then came back on?

The most logical thing I can think of is *CHECK the connections on both of your battery terminal connectors, make sure they are tightly secured to the terminals? *If say for example the negative battery terminal came out of contact even for a second all of your electronics would appear to go craz...

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What is wrong when the cars engine is racing but will not move when drive or reverse is selected?

First check your fluid level(refer to owners manual for exact procedure). If it is not low, then you have a bad transmission.

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Whats wrong when car shuts off when you turn the steering wheel?

== == There's a pressure switch on the power steering system that's supposed to tell the computer to increase the idle speed when the power steering is being used, since it increases the load on the engine. So, either that switch, or the wiring for that switch, is bad. If that doesn't do it, then...

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What causes a noise in the car after you turn it on and then after 30 seconds it turns off by itself?

This will be a guess, but most Nissan trucks, after you first turn the key to ON, before starting the engine, the electric fuel pump in the tank will turn on and prime itself. It turns off when the fuel pressure rises to normal

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Driver side Headlight went off on your Equinox but it lights up when full lights on whats wrong?

headlights are either sealed beams or bulbs both have 2 elements. one for bright and one for low the low is burned out replace the bulb or sealed beam

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There is somthing wrong with the idle the idle fluctuates all the time and if the car is not warm enugh the idle will go all the way down and the car turns off for a 1989 Honda accord?

this should be A cheap fix, I would guess around $25 to $60, Take it to A shop and tell them you want the idle air motor or port cleaned.

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What would be wrong with a car that looses power to accelerate?

It could be that u arent getting good enough spark from your wires or plug you might want to get a tune up

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Why does your car overheat after car runs to operating temp and then you turn car off and back on?

When you shut off an engine, the water pump stops flowing h20 plus antifreeze through the engine block and radiator. All of that extreme heat settles into the aggregate fluid. This can cause the engine to over heat the fluid and boil over. That is the reason you do not go out and take off the rad...

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Is it bad to turn off your car with the air conditioner on?

In short, no, you do not have to turn your air conditioning off before turning off your vehicle.That being said, it never hurts to disable electrical systems, including the fan, before switching off the ignition.

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Does your car use more fuel leaving it on or turning it off then on again while waiting?

It actually uses less fuel to turn the car off. I just recently found out that Honda is working on an option that automatically shuts the car off when the brake is depressed and comes to a full stop. (red lights)

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What does it mean when your car shakes and then turns off?

Shaking or vibration may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires.Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below the normal idling RPM which may also cause the motor to shake or vibrate more than no...

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Car made a knocking sound under it until i gave it gas then made it to 55mph then it cut off its getting gas in engine and cranking but wont start what could be wrong?

Any number of things.... I'll start with the easiest fixes.. Low or no oil----Timing belt or chain----bent or broken cam shaft----very bad lifters----blown head----or possibly a busted transmission

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What is wrong when the dash cluster flashes on and off repeatedly. what is wronf when the car runs very smooth but has no powerand no blow by?

it might be the trany fuse it dose not say for the trany it saplises the power

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Why would a 03 8.1run 500 ft then shut off and coastto a stop and not turn over at all it has dual batteries tried jumping no change doesnt turn overlight on dash has car with a lock on it.?

Looks like you triggered the anti-theft device. You will need to contact the dealer or the provider of the security system for assistance.

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91 Toyota 4 runner Car starts sputters for a bit then turns off?

Sounds like a vacuume problem, have someone sit inside the car. With the car in park, have them press the gas pedal while you are in the front sith the hood up. You should be able to hear a quiet hissing sound. Look for a hose hanging off and reconnect it. Also a hose may have come loose and got ...

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Your car was running fine then wont start but will start after a couple of days?

I am not sure of the type of car. I had the same problem with a Chev Beretta. It would not bring up a computer code so I tried different things without success. I changed the computer and it fixed the problem and is doing fine. That worked for me. Anyway good luck

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