What To Do If Your Car Stalls While You’re on The Road

You’re driving your usual route to work, listening to your favorite podcast and sipping coffee from your travel mug. All of the sudden your car starts jerking and acting up. The engine is stalling and you’re in the middle of the road. What should you do?

Safety First

Your safety comes first in the case of a stalled engine. First, turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers that you’re experiencing car trouble. If possible, try to get your car out of traffic. Put your vehicle in neutral and coast to the side of the road. 

Note that without the engine running, your steering and breaks will be affected. Give yourself plenty of time and space to come to a complete stop, as your brake pedal will be harder to push. Your steering wheel will also be harder to turn as your power steering won’t work. 

Once you have stopped in a safer area, leave your car in neutral, if you’re on level ground – don’t put it in park. This will reduce the impact on the off-chance your disabled vehicle gets rear-ended. 

Stay in your vehicle and call the police to help direct traffic if necessary. Then call roadside assistance or a tow truck. If you are unable to move your car out of traffic, call 911.

Do not get out of your car for any reason. Keep your seatbelt fastened, especially if you are on the side of a busy highway. Wait for help to arrive. Do not attempt to assess or fix the problem unless you can get your car to a safe area, off of the highway and out of traffic.

Troubleshooting: Why Did My Car Stall?

There can be many reasons why a car engine would stall. Here are the most common culprits:

  1. An empty gas tank – keep an eye on that gas gauge! 

  2. A dead battery 

  3. A faulty fuel pump 

  4. A dirty air filter – a gunked-up air filter prevents good airflow

  5. Transmission problems

  6. A faulty alternator

  7. Ignition problems

  8. Low fuel pressure – this is indicated if your car only stalls on inclines

Your car can stall for a multitude of reasons. Luckily, there are experts who can diagnose and address the problem. 

Next Steps

Some of the above problems can be avoided with regular maintenance of your vehicle. However, sometimes a stalled engine is unfortunately inevitable. 

If your car has stalled and you need an assessment of the problem and a repair, contact us at Living the Dream Auto Care to schedule an appointment. We provide expert auto service with reasonable prices and a personal touch and will get you back on the road in no time!

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