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I have a 2001 Toyota Highlander that has 195,000 miles on it. We recently took it in for a wheel bearing repair, spark plugs change, oil change and some other minor work but ever since we got it back, we've been having problems with the car stalling out. Nothing shows up on the diagnostics. It comes at random times, sometimes at a stop light, it just dies or just yesterday, we made a turn and then the car stalls out and then the brakes won't work, the steering won't work and the car just coasts. We can usually get it started back up after about 45 minutes to an hour. Any idea what could be the problem? We thought maybe it was a problem with the Fuel pump so we got that replaced too and we are still having the problem! HELP!!!

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Well if it started when you got it back, then maybe your shop did something wrong so you should go talk to them, and maybe consider finding a new shop, because a trustworthy shop will diagnose the problem for you, and not have you spend unecessary money on an expensive job like fuel pump replacement. but back to the possibilities. the type of shut off sounds like it is electrical, not fuel related, because when it stalls out, everything locks up, meaning nothing is getting electricity. check your fuses, especially the crucial ones like battery, alternator if avaible, and make sure they dont have corrosion, because some fuses can build corrosion easily and will work fine until they heat up. another suspect i can think of would be the alternator. when the alternator heats up and it is worn out, it can cut out and start once it is cool. same thing with the distributor, but since the distributor only sends spark to the engine, all of your other electrical components should work. your alternator can be tested free if you take it to autozone. they hook up a volt meter to it and see if its between i think 13 to 15 volts. i think its higher for suvs. so you should go check that out. one last thing i can think of would be the computer. if their is a code on your computer that wasn't earased, it can cause your car your car to conflict with the component and cause the computer to simply shut the car off. so the best thing you can do, is reset the computer by disconnecting the negative battery cable while the car is off for a couple of minutes. the longer the better, but most of the time about five minutes is enough. this should completely reset all of the computers in your car(unfortunately radio and any other personal things too) and hopefully fix any existing problem with the computer. hopefully this works, and if not, you should take it to a shop and let them diagnostic. like i said, a good mechanic will know how to diagnose your car without making you spend any unecessary money, and some even know based on the symptoms of the problem. goodluck.

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