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I live in a hot, humid area. 90 degrees and above

I live in a hot, humid area. 90 degrees and above sometimes 100 degrees. Sometimes when when sitting idle, e.g., at a stoplight for more than a few minutes, and yes, i have my ac on, i feel my car like kind of shake and like its almost going to give out, like my car is going to shut off. i will turn my ac down and i usually never have it on full blast, just on 2. or i will just try to drive up for a foot or two. its like if im constatnly going its fine, but when its hot and i sit for a few mins in traffic it feels like it could cut off. what is this? what do i do? please help!!

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  • smiles72b Jun 29, 2009

    so i should get a vehicle inspection? will my car actually turn off on me one of these days? my last car inspection prob 2 months ago, said everything was a okay. could it be a coolant issue? and it only happens when very hot over 90 degrees and when im stopped for more than 1-2 mintues, e.g., stuck at long traffic light or stuck in traffic.

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This could honestly be several different things, but make sure your alternator is charging your battery correctly, have your battery checked as well, and have a ob2 scanner hooked up to it, this can be done at part stores usually for free. Sounds like the engine is having trouble handling the extra strain of an a/c but the only way to single it out is to check it out. good luck

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Could be anything from a head overhaul to a temperature sensor , or a duff battery and with everything running and a worn engine the altenator is working overtime to supply enough juice on idle

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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    Colin Stickland Jun 29, 2009

    the cooling fans use a lot of power and if engine is worn it will not have the power required at idle

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