Why is My Car Stalling?

Car Service near Panama City, FL

You count on your car to get you reliably around Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway. So when it starts stalling, you want to figure out what’s causing the problem and get it fixed quickly. Below, our service team at Honda of Bay County has listed a few common reasons your car is stalling.

Battery Problems

Check Car Battery

In older cars, your battery was used to get the vehicle started-then, once your engine was running, the alternator took over. However, newer cars have a lot more computer-powered systems and electronics, meaning they continue to rely on power from the battery while they’re running.

When your battery is starting to go bad, your car may start relying on more power from the alternator, which in turn places more stress on the engine itself and can cause your car to stall. Luckily, this problem can easily be diagnosed by checking your car battery voltage or a visual check of your battery’s terminals.

Faulty Sensors

Have you ever put a candle out by depriving it of oxygen? Just like a candle, your car’s engine needs air in addition to fuel in order to keep going. It uses things like an oxygen or mass air flow sensor to calculate the correct air-to-fuel ratio. When these sensors are dirty or otherwise malfunctioning, your car’s computer may send either too much or too little air to the engine-causing your car to stall.

Issues in the Fuel System

One of the first signs of a failing fuel pump is when your car starts to stall. This is because a weak fuel pump doesn’t provide enough fuel to the engine to keep it running smoothly, especially at low-speed. Other issues in the fuel system can also cause your car to stall at low speeds. For instance, if the fuel line is clogged or has a leak, your engine may not receive enough fuel pressure.

Worn Out Spark Plugs

Worn Out Spark Plug

When’s the last time you had your spark plugs checked? When they’re starting to go bad, they can cause issues with your engine performance. The most noticeable symptoms of worn-out spark plugs are an engine that feels like it’s lagging or struggling to keep up, especially if you’re trying to accelerate up a hill. Of course, this can also cause your car to stall while you’re driving.

Honda generally recommends you check your spark plugs every 30,000 miles but check your owner’s manual to see the recommended interval for your make and model. If it’s been more than 30,000 miles since you last had your spark plugs checked, have your service technician take a look at them.

Is your Car Stalling? Let us Fix It!

Many variables go into your engine’s performance, so if your car is stalling, it’s best to get a professional opinion. If your car is stalling in Panama City, Springfield, or Callaway, call Honda of Bay County to schedule a service appointment. Whether you want help checking out these common causes or you’ve already ruled them out, our expert service technicians will be happy to help you diagnose and fix the problem so you can get back on the road quickly.