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When you stall, it usually means you’re procrastinating on your homework. When your car stalls, it means the engine has died, which can be a really frustrating and even scary experience. In fact, your car engine can even stop running while you’re driving. But don’t panic, because we’re here to thoroughly prepare you for a car engine stall in the event it ever happens.
Car engines quit because of an airflow, fuel or mechanical issue. Some common reasons for motor vehicle stalls include:
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If you have a manual transmission, your car is more likely to stall. Why? Because with a stick shift, it’s all about that clutch. If you forget to engage the clutch or switch into the neutral gear when stopping, you can cause the engine to stall.
safe-driving How you feel when your engine stalls at a light.
Meanwhile, automatic vehicles use what’s called a torque converter to manage transmission fluid and keep your engine running while at a stop. If your torque converter fails, the engine can stall out. Torque converters can fail for many reasons, including dirty fluid, overheating and problems with stall speed, which is the RPM at which your torque converter shifts power from the engine to the automatic transmission. In order to check your torque converter, you might have to perform a stall-speed test.
If the engine quits while you’re driving, the car will first lose power steering and then power brakes. Your first course of action should be to apply the foot brake and steer gradually over to the side of the road. Then, turn on your hazard lights and try to restart your car. If you cannot restart it, call an auto mechanic or friend with jumper cables for help.
If your engine stalls out, use these tips so that you don’t feel scared or stuck. With your newfound knowledge, you’ll be able to diagnose the problem or find someone who can help.