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While driving engine just shuts off

Engine shuts off while under power i coast to stop put in park it starts right up. sometimes it does it a lot sometimes it goes for weeks

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  • matacast Oct 13, 2008

    it does not start on it,s own .you must stop put in park turn the key and then it starts back up

  • matacast Oct 13, 2008

    driving down highway no blinker no bracks did not let up on gas speed made no difference car just shut off only lights to come on are same as when you first turn on egnition oil and battery when re started they go out immediatily may do the same after one mile or not for weeks

  • zenoist Nov 23, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem that matacast describes.



    Here are the symptoms, as detailed as I can make them:



    1. The problem occurs randomly. Whether the engine is cold or warmed-up makes no difference. Days may elapse between occurences.



    2. While driving or idling (as at a traffic light), the engine will simply shut off. No bucking, no coughing, no warning -- just "off".



    3. After gliding to a stop (without benefit of power steering or brakes), the engine is easily restarted by putting the transmission into Park and turning the ignition. It starts right up on the first try.



    4. Sometimes (but not always), the trip odometer zeroes out and the clock resets to 1:00.



    5. Of course, my mechanic can't find anything wrong and the **^%$%& car refuses to die while he's test driving it.



    6. I am willing to entertain the idea of demonic possession.



    Thanks.



  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    I have exact same problem with our 2004 Volvo S80 T6. Has happened on 3 different occasions - car loses power, electrical, everything shuts off and need to coast to a stop to put car back into park and restart. Has happened to both myself and my wife seperately.



    Volvo has looked at it 2x and can't replicate or diagnose.

  • PinkBunnie Dec 17, 2008

    I have a 04 Saturn and it randomly turns off with any warning. Lastnight I stopped at a light and BLAM!.... Nothing... All the lights were still on, radio etc.... I called the Saturn dealership and the guy told me to get out of the car.... roll up all the windows... turn off the radio and lock the doors.... let it sit a couple of minutes. I did all that and let it sit for 5min. It started.

  • tv01337p Mar 09, 2009

    My 2003 Volvo S60 completely powers down while I am driving. I brought it to the dealership and of course they could not duplicate the problem or come to any conclusions. They just send me on my merry way. What should I do now???????

  • olraygoza Apr 05, 2009

    I have a chrysler sebring 1997, Sometimes it wont start for some minutes, but it always starts eventually.
    Other times, the engine would stop while driving, I have to park wait a few minutes before I can started again.
    What could it be???


  • issacharwill Apr 13, 2009

    My Chevrolet Malibu will ride fine for awhile, but then it shuts off when I stop or slow down to stop. Why is that?

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I had this same prob also it did it when turning on the A/C i changed the control moudel under the coil packs and bow like new no more shuting off !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Possibly the fuel pump

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Hi think what are you doing at the exact point when it cuts out as if it starts straight back up no cranking and struggling to start its got to be electrical is there any signs of missing ect just have a think and if you can give some more information we may be able to point you in the right direction yates210456

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  • paul yates Oct 13, 2008

    hi so lets see if i have got this right it won,t start in neutral but will in park so it will turn over in park but not in neutral when i say this i am asking the engine does not turn over unless in park is this the same first time you start the car or is this just after it cuts out or does the engine turn over in park and neutral but just won,t start in neutral and does the engine warning light come on or not plus what i am trying to find out is what are you doing when the engine cuts out for example i just turn the a/c on then it cut out or i just put my foot on the brake or i was turing right etc as its ok to guess what it might be it could be twenty things so we need to narrow it down yates210456

  • paul yates Oct 14, 2008

    hi this is a trial and error job as if it starts up straight away there is no way of testing anything as it will test ok because everything will be working which means checking everthing do you let the tank run low as this could be as simple as the pumps picking something up off the bottom of the tank cuts the fuel off the vacuum holds it there till engine stops vacuum releases blockage goes away till it picks it up again i have had this twice before but rare i would be looking at hoses calasping under vacuum in the engine compartment as once again when engine stops weak pipe goes back to normall bad connections on the engine its the only thing that vibrates to excess and loosens connections dirty connections clean them up disconnect and clean them properly yates210456

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go down and have your alternator checked, it might be weak, causing a surge in power to the ecu, shutting the engine down, if was the battery the car wouldnt fire right back up, another thing might be the fuel filter/pump, these should be the first things to check.

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