Car stalls when stopped quickly


Car stalls when stopped quickly

Symptom: Car stalls when stopped quickly. You are driving along and everything is just fine … until you let off the gas pedal and apply the brakes. The engine starts shaking and may even stall. Not a good thing to happen because you lose power steering when the engine dies.

Possible causes:

1. There may be a serious vacuum leak.

The Fix: Check and replace vacuum lines as required.

2. There may be a fault in the computerized engine control system.

The Fix: Check engine control systems with a scan tool. Test circuits and repair or replace components as required. (Generally not a DIY job)

3. Broken linkage.

The Fix: Repair or replace as required.

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The engine idles too fast

Symptom: The engine idles too fast. After the engine has run long enough to be warm, the idle speed does not come down to normal. You really notice it when you come to a stop and must have to push hard on the brake pedal to keep the car from moving.

Possible causes:

1. If you have a carburetor, you may have a bad accelerator pump or power circuit.

The Fix: Replace accelerator pump or replace carburetor.

2. The engine may be overheating.

The Fix: Check and repair cooling system.

3. The fuel pressure regulator may be operating at too low a pressure.

The Fix: Check fuel pressure with a fuel pressure gauge. Replace fuel pressure regulator. (Generally not a DIY job)

4. The ignition timing may be set wrong.

The Fix: Adjust ignition timing.

5. There may be some type of ignition problem.

The Fix: Check and replace distributor cap, rotor, ignition wires and spark plugs.

6. There may be a fault in the computerized engine control system.

The Fix: Check engine control systems with a scan tool. Test circuits and repair or replace components as required. (Generally not a DIY job)

7. There may be a vacuum leak.

The Fix: Check and replace vacuum lines as required.

8. You have a bad idle speed control unit.

The Fix: Replace idle speed control unit.

9. The alternator may not be working properly.

The Fix: Replace alternator.

Do You Need a Compression Test?


Do You Need a Compression Test?

Your car’s engine compression can tell you a lot about the overall health of the engine. If your car is blowing blue smoke out of the tailpipe, or if your car is losing lots of oil, you could have a bad piston ring. This will also cause low compression in that cylinder, and a compression test will tell you. The same goes for a bad valve. Even if you are just noticing a general lack of power, a compression test can help you rule out some of the more serious possible causes.

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