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Engine cuts out, console lights up

Over the past two days, I have been driving down the street and the truck will shudder as the the engine stops responding to the gas pedal being depressed. I can push the gas pedal and will start to go, then resume to idle. This continues for about 20 seconds, during which period all the warning / indicator lights on the console light up at once. The engine feeling is similar to running out of gas, where you depress the pedal and it starts to give a response then quits, repeating until you are entirely out of gas (at which point the car dies, obviously). However, this is not "an out of gas" issue, or I'd have it solved by now :-)

Similar note, is yesterday I was at a stop light and the car died, it did its rumble and just died. I am able to start it fine, but then it died immediately. The solution to keep it running was idling with the pedal down a bit to keep the engine revving, so when it cuts out, the engine is still spinning enough that it won't die. I was able to take off from the stoplight w/o an issue and this is an sporadic occurrence happening for 2 days now in 2 out of 4 trips I have taken.

Any help is much appreciated. Let me know if you need anything further. I bought this truck a month ago, so I am not terribly familiar with its history.

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  • Anonymous Aug 29, 2008

    Changed it. Threw a bottle of fuel injector cleaner in there as well. Problem seemed to resolve itself except for one 'sorta' occurrence at a stop light where I had to rev a engine a bit so it wouldn't die (a whole week later after changing the fuel filter). After that nothing since. I also changed the air filter after the 'sorta' occurrence.

    I can't think of anything else maintenance wise except a short somewhere. I have to remember to watch the voltage meter when/if it happens again.

    For now, I am just going to leave it. In another month or two I'll get the oil changed (though that'd not the cause). If it works, no sense in worrying. I won't have this truck more than another year.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    after driving for long periods on the highway the car dies when the clutch is depressed and I let off the throttle. when I start it and give it gas it continues to run.If I let it sit overnight and start it the next day it idles fine.



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It sounds like your fuel filter is clogged. Try changing it.

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