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Car shuts off at red lights

The first experience with this problem was that I stopped at a red light and the car completely shut down. Lights and all. It would not restart for a minute or two and then started right up. Later, after parking it and going into a store, the car wouldn't start at all. No lights would come on or anything. After a few minutes, it would start up and run fine. Today the car started fine first thing this morning, but after shutting it down for a few minutes while I was in the store, it wouldn't crank up and it also shut down at several red lights....I'm thinking i should get my altenator checked first but i'm not sure why that would cause the car to not start when it's cold starting. Maybe it's draining the battery and the battery recharged after a few minutes. Your help is much appreciated.

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  • cgchoppermec Dec 15, 2008

    It had only been running for maybe 10 minutes. We don't travel very far at one time because we live in town. I didn't notice a check engine light. Right before it stalls the lights get dim and the car slowly just dies out. Then for a few minutes no lights or anything will come on. It acts like a power issue of some sort to me.

  • cgchoppermec Dec 15, 2008

    I went to a local auto parts store to get the alternator checked. The dude checked the battery first and it was shot. He said that a battery could cause the problems i was having if it wasn't accepting the charge from the alternator. I put a new battery in and we'll see if it works. I'll let you know. thanks

  • cgchoppermec Dec 18, 2008

    Battery fixed it. Who would have thought???

  • Frank Magliocca May 11, 2010

    It doesnt sound like a battery or alternator problem at all.Was it running warm?or did you have any check engine light come before it stalled?It sounds like an ignition or a fuel problem.Let me know

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    At least a few times a month I start my car and go to put it in reverse or drive and the car shut off completely. Now the other day it would not start as if the battery was dead but the battery was fine. Few hours later it started and has been fine what is going on with this car. I tell everyone I have a ghost living in it.

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Sounds like a lose ground wire

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