3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Support Forum > General chatter

General chatter Because life isn't just about dieting. Play games, jokes, or share what's new in your life!

Car Input Needed

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-24-2013, 11:52 PM   #1
Lifelong Alaskan!
 
alaskanlaughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Juneau, Alaska
Posts: 2,610

S/C/G: 230/180/150

Height: 5'5"

Default Car Input Needed

So I have a car problem that we can't solve...I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Background: After driving for a week in cold temps and then a massive snowstorm, my car battery died. We replaced it and the car started just fine. In fact my car drove FINE until I drove through the snowstorm and the battery died.

HOWEVER, the car runs just fine until you turn it off. THEN it starts just fine and immediately idles down and quits running. If you let it sit a bit and then start it, it will stay running. My BIL looked at it today and cleared a blockage in the air intake system. However the problem continues. I drove BIL home and it ran fine. As soon as I turned it off in the driveway and tried to start it, same problem - starts fine, immediately idles down and dies. If I keep my foot on the gas it runs fine. In fact DH drove it home yesterday by keeping one foot on the gas while braking in neutral to keep the car from dying at an intersection. The check engine light IS NOT ON and I'm hoping to figure out the problem without a $300+ mechanic bill. I'm sure it's a simple fix because the check engine light is not on.

Has anyone experienced this? It's a 2001 Ford Focus with 162,000 miles on it and driven gently.
__________________

Last edited by alaskanlaughter : 11-24-2013 at 11:53 PM.
alaskanlaughter is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 12:23 AM   #2
Just Me
 
nelie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maryland
Posts: 16,159

S/C/G: 364/202/182

Height: 5'6"

Default

It appears that it may be a problem that will require a mechanic, I'm not sure if this wikihow article helps any
http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-a-Car-That-Stalls
__________________
You can't out-exercise poor eating habits.
nelie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 09:19 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Dollfaise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: New York
Posts: 109

S/C/G: 181/135.6/120

Height: 5'3"

Default

I never experienced precisely that but it made me think of the time my own 2000 Focus would stutter and seem about to stop when idling. My timing belt had a few broken teeth and when the mechanic tried to replace it, he screwed it up and put it on a tooth off. Maybe yours is missing a few teeth? =/
Dollfaise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2013, 12:23 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
patns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Edmonton Alberta
Posts: 2,782

S/C/G: 204/143/135

Height: 5' 1"

Default

We had a somewhat similiar problem with a 2003 Mazda. We drive in incredibly low temps in the winter. We replaced the battery with a new one and went fine until it had to be turned on again. Then it wouldn't start. Turns out we needed a heavy duty battery for this climate. That one worked fine but maybe the first battery we bought was a dud. We have to plug our cars in in the winter if they are outside for any length of time.
__________________
Make choices today that your future self will thank you for!
patns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2013, 12:50 AM   #5
Jillian stole my abs!
 
shcirerf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Go Huskers!
Posts: 2,369

S/C/G: 195.8/138/140

Height: 5'5"

Default

It could be a lot of things.

Fuel filter. Fuel pump. Random sensors. Loose belt. I thought about alternator, but symptoms not right.

Plugged radiator. Loose serpentine belt?

Is it an automatic or stick? They can have different issues depending on that. Hydraulic clutches in sticks can screw up.

If I had to guess, I'd say you have a bad fuel filter or fuel pump.

Just guessing.
__________________

3+ year maintainer.
The human body is capable of amazing things! But without the mind, it is nothing. Get your mind in gear and the body will follow!

Be selfish about caring for yourself, you deserve it!
shcirerf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2013, 01:42 AM   #6
Lifelong Alaskan!
 
alaskanlaughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Juneau, Alaska
Posts: 2,610

S/C/G: 230/180/150

Height: 5'5"

Default

I think it's a fairly easy solution because the check engine light has never come on which means the car isn't reading anything as being wrong....I talked to a mechanic today who has never heard of this before and i'm going to take my car to him Tuesday night to have him look at it...I think it just needs someone more experienced than me, DH or BIL to really get into the air intake parts etc...i'm betting it's a air intake issue or an idle sensor problem BUT if it was an idle sensor the check engine light would be on
__________________
alaskanlaughter is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2013, 02:58 AM   #7
Lifelong Alaskan!
 
alaskanlaughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Juneau, Alaska
Posts: 2,610

S/C/G: 230/180/150

Height: 5'5"

Default

Well the mechanic is stumped as well.....He ran diagnostics all over my car both while it was running well and while it was idling down to die...and the diagnostics all look fine....No check engine light on either...So the mechanic tightened up a few loose things and cleaned the mass airflow sensor and I drove it home....Nothing is solved....Fun....BIL and my nephew who works on his own cars both think it's the throttle cable and will replace it on Friday....*sigh*
__________________
alaskanlaughter is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fabulous at Fifty+ .... A home for those of us 50 and older on IP! VOLUME 6 rainbowsmiles Ideal Protein Diet 492 11-29-2012 09:37 PM
MRC Take 30 Want2LiveLife Metabolic Research Center 461 03-10-2009 11:28 AM
MRC Take 29 JSTUCKLY Metabolic Research Center 432 12-01-2008 05:44 PM
Doin' it the Old Fashioned Way #16 aphil General Diet Plans and Questions 1281 10-28-2004 01:08 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:16 PM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2