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Shut down While idling, the red exclamation (check engine )light comes on and the car shuts off. After a while it will re-start. Why?

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    REPLACED THE ENGINE.CAR STARTED & RAN FOR 5 MINUTES. I SHUT THE ENGINE OFF. HOUR LATER I TRIED TO START IT AND IT WOULD NOT START.THE RED TRAINGLE WITH THE RED ! MARK CAME UP. WHATS WRONG? THANKS BOB

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At first my saab of year 2000 he was smelling like oil burn and then when I WAS RUNNIG MY CAR IN THE HIGHWAY I WAS GOING A 115 (my speed) and he start doing a wear sound like if it needs oil am not sure and then the red triangle with exclamation point turns on the car shut off and it didnt want to turn on again and when i try to turn it on again it was rough to turn on wat proble do you think it can be

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The light you're referring to isn't a check engine light, the check engine light merely says "check engine" in orange and is on the lower right hand side of your instrument panel. It is reserved for telling you that something annoying is happening with your engine, but is usually related to a bad sensor reading in your emissions control system.

That other light, (the exclamation point in the red triangle, in the center of the instrument panel,) indicates that something very bad is happening with your engine, it only comes on if continued driving could severely damage the engine. I highly recommend against driving it at all, as doing so will probably just make your problems worse.

What's your temperature gauge reading? If it's going really high, or remaining pegged at the bottom, you may have some kind of coolant system issue, and the motor is shutting down due to an overheat. (Which can then result in a blown head gasket, which I have done...)

I have experienced this twice: once due to a coolant line blowing and overheating my engine, and once due to a major oil leak. (Oil running straight out of the bottom as soon as I put it in. Yikes!) Neither of these problems is something you want to drive your car with until you have discovered the source of, and rectified; the problem. Check all of your fluids and oil, watch all of your gauges, and see if anything out of the ordinary is going on.

If you can't see any obvious reason for this, take it in to the shop, because your car is trying to protect your engine, and getting an estimate is a lot cheaper than replacing your engine.

Good luck,

-R

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