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Why does my car engine stop while im driving?

"No key" warning light comes on the dashboard. After a period of time, the car will start back up.

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I would also suggest getting the OBD codes read before replacing any parts as this will pinpoint the switch/sensor causing the issue

Posted on Apr 08, 2015

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One of the most common issues with this vehicle stalling while driving is from a bad crankshaft sensor. It will normally restart after the motor cools down a bit.The sensor is located near the back of the motor on the outside of the bell housing.

Posted on Apr 05, 2015

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    Sheri S Jun 01, 2016

    THIS MAKES SENSE, when the motor gets hot the "no key" indicators comes on and ALL the gauges on the dash go all the way to the right and then car just shuts down (e.g. Bait car TV show) like auto theft system engages. It cools and then starts right up. I was told I had a leak in the transfer case... could that do it. Its 4 wheel drive all the time, and now im starting to hear clicking,or missing gear dull metal teeth sound cla,cla,cla...click underneath my gear shift under the car. esp. when driving at slow speeds.

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    Sheri S Jun 01, 2016

    dash gauges go all the was back to left and everything just shuts down at once. THANK YOU SOOOO VERY MUCH.

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