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Car turned off while driving.

I was previously having issues with starting my car. I would turn the key and it sounded like it was going to start then it would go dead then it would all of a sudden start. They told me i needed a new take into consideration this car is only about a year old. So I bought a new battery. Now yesterday I was driving down the interstate doing around 65 or so and my car made a thunk noise then went completely turned off, engine lite came on then suddenly the car came back on. Yes, it scared the daylights out of me. I didn't know if I should drive it or not. Needless to say, it's in the shop but I'm thinking they'll probably tell me there isn't anything wrong with it. Has anyone had this problem and if so, what was done?

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  • Betty DeWalle Oct 31, 2012

    I just heard back from the dealership and he said that the right side had a loose cable on the right side. But i've changed batteries so what was the issue the first time around and no it's not the alternator. But thanks for the input.

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    Steve Jensen Nov 05, 2012

    Okay sorry about that that last comment was for another problem and put in wrong place. However there are a couple of easy things you can check to see if it fixes it. Check your fuse box and if you can find the fuse for the alternator (check owners manual) see if it is blown. Also if your neg battery terminal is shorting out or positive for that matter it could kill the engine. I don't think so but we live in a crazy world. What I would do is have the alternator and the battery checked , If you eliminate those then your down to a short somewhere in your electrical system. I think you will find the problem by checking them though. If not let me know and I will try to help you track down the prob.

  • Betty DeWalle Nov 06, 2012

    Ok, i'll get my brother to check it out. I personally think it is something shorting out. He had said it was the positive cable that was loose that the person who put the battery in didn't tightened it.I do appreciate all the help you've given me. I'll keep you posted...thanks again.



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The loose cable sounds plausible. Since it could have lost connection and then reconnected so was able to get up again and maybe didn't notice the first time. It couldn't be a battery cable however unless it was touching something else and shoting because you dont need your battery after the vehicle is started anyway,

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  • Betty DeWalle Nov 03, 2012

    Well, I had changed the battery after the first times because that's what the shop told me. So the mech told me the guy hadn't tightened it but it wouldn't have touched anything because there's a cover over it I believe. Ya, it just doesn't make sense to me and why all of a sudden, wouldn't i have had issues starting it if it was loose?

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    Steve Jensen Nov 04, 2012

    I agree if he is saying the battery cable was the reason he is an idiot because once the vehicle is running you can remove the battery and the car will be unaffected. The battery is strictly for starting the vehicle after that the alternator takes over.

  • Betty DeWalle Nov 04, 2012

    Ya, he probably thought since I was a woman he could tell me anything and I would believe him. I think by the time I left he knew I didn't believe him.

  • Steve Jensen
    Steve Jensen Nov 04, 2012

    Have you checked for a stuck throttle cable, or you could check your TPS (throttle position sensor) and IAC (idle air controller). 2 very good places to start.

  • Betty DeWalle Nov 05, 2012

    No because I've never heard of them but is that something i would have to i would have to take my car into the shop for or how would I do it?



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