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Car dies while driving

The car is a 1990 Buick Reatta. The car will die while driving, Im talking about complete electrical system failure. No dash lights, everything is dead. Car could stay dead for couple min. up to couple days, then it will start like nothing has happened. Battery is not drained and alterantor is fine. Also cant check comp. for errors because it clears the system just like the battery cable had been pulled to clear it. Thanks for the info. Jetta just died in the road, nothing works.

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  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters May 11, 2010

    ok, im confused here. the beginning of your post says buick reatta and , at the end of the post, it says jetta. which car are we talking about??

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    why is this listed as a VW

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Just clean and tighten your battery terminal connections, both positive and negative poles.

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Sorry to hear about your vehicle. First things first. When you say driving, what are you ding and where are you? such as; on the highway, at a stop light, making a left hand turn, coming to a stop. Second, when you say dies , do you mean your driving, your cars "shuts off" and your stuck in the middle of the road? and when you say stays dead do you try to start it? does your radio come on? are your light on or are they dim? all these are very helpful in diagnosing the root cause of this concern. also was there any work done recently to the vehicle? if the car is running and it dies a few things could be the cause. one, not that common, your engine could be starving of fuel, fuel pumps, filters and injectors and throttle body could all cause a fuel starvation. two spark cuts out. I work for volvo and i see coils (devices that increase spark) on 98+ vehicles literally crack in certain areas and cause rough idles, choppy acceleration (stuttering while getting on a freeway) but third and most likely battery/ charging system (these are just three common flaws there are lots of other little things associated with the electronic fuel injection system and monitoring that could and may well be the cause). the way your vehicle works is the battery stores a charge and your vehicle draws from the charge what it needs. on start up its battery power until your alternator reaches a certain speed (or the computer tells it to turn on) that supplies the power to the vehicles electrical system. now that i know you have an understanding i can suggest what, giving the limited info i have, i would look for first. if there is no rough idle apparent when the vehicle is warm that suggests fuel probably is ok and so is spark. now if your alternator cannot keep filling the battery up with an electrical charge, your car could just plain turn off. now this could cause a slow cranking when trying to start the car again and it may not even start. but as to why it will come back to life after a few mins or few days is interesting. check connections at the battery because that will prevent the flow of electricity. make sure its clean of dirt and paint too. take a wire brush and clean it. also is there anything white or powder-like on the terminals? oxidation causes a poor connection. that can be cleaned with spray cleanser from auto parts stores or scrubbing with baking soda and water but thats my guess without having the car to test. please post what you find out about your car.

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