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Car dies spontaneously

My 2000 Chevy tracker dies spontaneously when idle at a stop light, drive through, etc. I let it rest for about 5 minutes then no problem it starts right up and drives only to do the same thing - maybe within days or hours later.

The tracker has been in repair more than a dozen times. The engine reading reads "nothing wrong with the engine." I've change just about everything the repair shops can think of, but still the problem still exists. Amongst the items of repair included the main computer brain of the car which was very costly and yet the problem still exists. Otherwise the car is in good condition, but I can't rely on a car that may or may not die when carpooling to work or school activities.

Recently, the focus has been on the gas area/process of the car. The gas tank was found clean of debris and the filter and fuel pump was changed. The problem still exists after this change as well. Can you please help me find a's very tight, but I need my car. Your help will be so much appreciated!

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  • xtreamespeed Mar 08, 2009

    I have almost the same problem but my tracker dies when idling with the AC on. If the car is idling in any gear with the AC on for more then 5 to 7 minutes, it will all the sudden sputter & die. If I let the cat sit for about 5 minutes and turn off the AC, I can start the cat up just fine. If I try to crank it with the AC on, it will sputter & backfire but never turnover. It has 125K miles and all periodic maint & fluid/filter changes have been completed as recommended. Any suggestions would be great!

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2009

    dido, same identical problem with my tracker 2000 mechanic says it probably is one of the sensors but does not know whichand the only way to check is to take car when problem occurs. however, problem wont occur at his shop. so am still clueless car runs great except sometimes when it idles at stop lights or in traffic. if u guys figure it out letme know. ty

  • pcjenkin Mar 29, 2009

    My vehicle will also die and then after about 10 minutes start again. I got a deal on the car, but the owner did tell me it probably needs a new crankshaft sensor. Does this sound accurate?



  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    I have 2001 Chevy Tracker that shares some of these problems; however, the sputter and dying only occurs after it gets warmed up and then only at idle/ while taking off in 1st gear. What's the deal?



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I had one of these problem childs in my shop after hours of no problem . finnaly it died at the repair shop this problem was related directly to heat and with a scann tool i could see erratic crank reference . let it sit for 5 or so min it fired right back up . this is the ticket when the problem happens lay on the gas while turning it over if you hear it poping out the intake or out out the exhaust like spark is at the wrong time you have your answer. on these motors the injector pulse is responsibility of cam sensor and spark is the cranksensors duo.

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Try the crank position sensor please rate -jeff

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we can guess all day on this problem.
but the one question is that will make the dianostics is

do you loose spark or fuel?

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