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5 Reasons Make Your Car SHUTS OFF While Driving – 4 Steps To Do

Recently, many people sent the question “Why does my car turn off while driving?” the car experts of CAR FROM JAPAN. Actually, nothing makes you feel as heart pounding as your car shuts off while driving in traffic suddenly. If your car starts giving you annoying troubles like this, here are somethings you can do to get back rolling again.

5 Reasons Why Your Car Shuts Off While Driving

Let’s find out some main reasons that may lead your vehicle to shut down in the middle of nowhere.

1. Empty Fuel Tank

Empty fuel tank is the reason make your car shuts off while driving that happens with most people.
Empty fuel tank is the reason make your car shuts off while driving that happens with most people.

When your car shuts off while driving on the road randomly, the first thing you should check is your car fuel tank. An empty fuel tank happens to most of us. Of course, you can not drive a car with no fuel. Thus, looking at the fuel gauge may definitely save you from standing on the roads for hours and hours. In case this situation continues happening to your car, you may need to go to a car repair to check your fuel gauge because it may give you the false reading.

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2. Trouble with Alternator

Alternator troubles make car turns off while driving
Alternator troubles make car turns off while driving. Source: The Sun

An error alternator is one of the most expected reasons make your car stop in the middle of the road. So if there is a problem with the car alternator, it loses the ability to charge the electrical system, which actually causes the power drain. Yes, even when you are driving? The power may deplete gradually until you are keeping the vehicle running at idle. Therefore, you may have to charge it up before the battery dies again. Normally, this can cause an unexpected shutdown, putting you in a strenuous situation on the roads.

3. Malfunctioned/Wild Sensors

No doubt, with the arrival of latest technology and cars, chances of any fault and errors have minimized. But, what if we say that even the sensors in the modern cars can confuse you by transmitting the wrong information? Well, now that’s something you must definitely get checked once in a while.

4. Fuel Pump Concern

Fuel pump
Fuel pump. Source: PNGWing

Another reason that makes your car shuts off while driving is issues with the fuel pump. If there is something clogging in the pump or filter, it will make your car turns off while driving on the roads suddenly. So, it is always mandatory to check and clean the fuel pump, filter before driving a long distance.

5. Problems with ignition Switch

Your car shuts off while driving suddenly may cause from the ignition switch. When the ignition switch is frazzled, this will lead to a loss or power to your engine due to vibration such as hitting a round patch of street. The loss of power causes the engine of your car to die suddenly while you are driving on the road.

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4 Steps to Do while Your Car Shuts Off While Driving

Imagine one day you are driving on the road and your car turns off in a sudden. At that time, your top priorities should be the safety for you and other people driving on the road. What you should do in this case are to calm down yourself and not to panic. Then follow 4 steps below:

Step 1: Pull over your car to the side of the road

Emergency lane on highway
Emergency lane on highway. Source: Lifewire

The first thing to do when you discover your shuts off while driving is not to panic and then guiding your car to the side of the street. Although at that time, your car is losing brakes and steering power, you are still possible to pull over and take your car into a stop. Doing this action will be more difficult if you are panicking, thus keep your head cold and do it with all your concentration. If slowing down your car is too difficult, next solution is moving your car to a safe place ahead and use the car’s emergency brake.
Notice: Parking your vehicle out of the way of other people in order to provide you more space if you are not able to restart your car immediately.

Step 2: Restarting your car

After parking your car on a side of the road, the next step is find out a way to restart your car. Check out 5 reasons making your car shuts off mentioned above and find a suitable solution to make your car restart again. If your car can run again, it is so amazing. Even your car starts again, you need to take it to the nearest car repair to get the car’s issues estimated.

Step 3: Using emergency flashers to let other drivers know about your situation

Lighting your car emergency flashers when you have troubles with it on the highway
Lighting your car emergency flashers when you have troubles with it on the highway. Source: Imgur

In case you cannot start your car, it is time to announce other drivers about your situation to ensure the safety to all people on the road. By turning on your emergency flashers, other people will know you are in trouble and will evade you and your car.

Step 4: Call emergency car number

You can easily see an emergency car towing a broken car on a highway everyday. Thus, when you are stuck in a road or a highway with your broken car, call an emergency number for help. This is the only way to handle this bad situation.

Things to do to avoid your car shutting off while you are driving

To decrease the causes that make your car turns off while driving, you should regularly maintain your beloved car. Bring your car to a repair shop frequently to ensure the safe for you both. If you have any question about car maintenance, leave us a comment on the box below, our car experts will answer it for you.

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  1. dan says

    Have learned a lot! My car has this problem and I think ignition switch or fuel pump.

  2. Taonga says

    What can cause a car to lose power while driving?

    1. sue says

      They told me that mine was probably a Sensor that regulates the fuel flow.

  3. Arlen Avony says

    My car has this problem.. while already check the fuel pump, ignition switch, fuel filter also alternator, but it still turns off while driving. or maybe wiring?

  4. mark says

    my car suddenly turned off earlier today. I was just sitting still waiting to pull out of my apartment complex. It cut right back on and I was able to drive it to work with no issue. What could cause this?

  5. daniel ray newby says

    could also be a loose battery connection. if a bump in the road causes a connector to come loose ignition will go off and loss of power will cause the engine to stall. check battery terminals by giving them a wigglle to make sure they are not loose

  6. Zack vella says

    My car just stops for no reason and starts back on, took it to a certified suzuki mechanic in my country and he said he cleand trottle body and calibrated it but the same day we took it did it again. The problem is it doesn’t do this frequently so you can’t go to a mechanic and show him what’s wrong. The car is a suzuki alto 2009 with only 13000miles on the clock !

    1. Milton says

      Did you ever figure out the problem?

  7. Marian freen says

    Jus had camshaft sensor relaced.also had oil changed. Riding along to it just cut off but cranked right back up

  8. Sherry says

    Hi ,..i was driving ..on highway and my car shutdown….,i though it needed a new battery,got new one…still continue driving shutoff again ,..i flag a guy down,..he shake up the battery ..and restart….start driving again…took it to machine..check it found no fault ,plz help..

  9. Adrian says

    EFI relay, in under hood fuse box on my 2008. Car would not turn over, left key in #2 position and tapped relay, it clicked and fuel pump came to life. Car then started right up.

  10. Fatimah Wideman says

    My car suddenly cut off in the middle of an intersection but the radio and windshield wiper was still on. What could be the problem?

  11. Ismael says

    My car GWM doesn’t idle in the morning but if u press in accelerate it is just fine until 10 minutes and come to normal ..what could be the problem? And the reftcount gauge is moving up and down what cause this?

  12. Paula parks says

    I have a 2011 Mazda cx9 I could drive it but it cuts off I could start it back up it comes right on my engine light didn’t come on when this happen you think it’s my fuel pump

  13. Nina Preston says

    Thanks for addressing the reasons behind the unnatural behavior shown by the car in the middle of nowhere. A quick inspection of different components of the car prior to leaving for a destination could be very useful to keep the car in working order. However, such kind of inspections should be carried out by experienced professionals. Such professionals have the ability to identify hidden mechanical abnormalities in the car.

  14. Jechy Nanuseb says

    After I wash my car engine with the house pipe while stil engine running the car just stop idling and and the fan was running upnormal ..and it never want to start again.

  15. Jechy Nanuseb says

    This is so awesome…you are great team,because I have learn alot from you guys and I am greatfull for your teaching and let us know the signs if my car has a problem. This is super great .
    Team Jan Japan

  16. Jechy Nanuseb says

    Team Jan Japan
    You are the first ever car dealers who train us before buy a car and after.

  17. Brandi jones says

    Mine was due to ECM monitor basically the computer of my car went bad

  18. Masibulele says

    I have a problem with my Nissan Np200 1.6i 2014 mordel. My car turns off while am driving it, and then after few minutes when i restart it starts. The proffessionals tried to fix it but they loose.

  19. Fie says

    Hello i have a problem on my toyota aqua their a noise in his gear box automatic can someone help me

  20. Shawn says

    Hi there …just want to find out why does my car only work with plug number 1 and 4

    And the care don’t have power

  21. Marcus says

    Ignition coil might be one of the issues to some cars that functions properly on the first part of the travel and then in the middle of a trip engine suddenly dies.

  22. Eugene Cotze says

    My ford figo fan is always on and my car stoped over heating, at first it use to go on only when is heating and now is running for ever

  23. George Esparza says

    I was driving my 2008 nissan altima while driving it shuts off on me everything else staryed on even my cooling fans but I could not accelerate

  24. Lasha says

    Hi, there I have Mercedes c class 180 compressor 2005 it was doing it and I changed the fuel pump and filter it was ok for couple of weeks since, now it stoped again and I started emedietly then happened second time and it did not start however after 5 minutes it started on a screen it doesn’t not show any errors so please can you tell me what is the problem?

  25. george stevesomn says

    do you need a hacker , i visited and i had everything sorted out

  26. Cynthia De La Paz says

    I have a 2009 Nissan Maxima it seems to lose power I replaced the alternator battery and ground cable still seems to be doing the same my mechanic can’t seem to find the problem it’s a push start

  27. Sss says

    Hi i have majda demio 97 yesterday it was breakdown running time what is the reason.
    I check fuel is okay . but it is not start now.

  28. Emmanuel Ulaeto says

    Thank you for your post its very educative. I have a skoda Fabia and i observed that when i drive the car for some distance the car goes off in motion and when i turn off the ignition and restart the car, it starts and after a little while this happens again. I would like to know exactly what could be responsible for this situation. Is it electrical and if it is what can i check to verify this? The service center i use have been unable to get to the root of this and its been 2 years now.

  29. Russell Owens says

    My car, a 1913 toyota corolla st wg. has run perfect for years. It suddenly started stopping while driving.

    After a few minutes it will start for a little while and I will manage to get off the hwy. My shop uses his computer to find the cause and can come up with nothing! They will test drive it, and find nothing. I got to thinking that maybe something internal about the battery could be bad. If that’s not possible, what else could it be?

  30. Mahad says

    Recently I was driving my Pajero model 1998 and it shut itself while I was driving. I had enough fuel, but the other thing it would restart again. I also realised if I didn’t exceed 40km/h, 2.5-3 revs and or hit the brakes, the car would not shut down while driving. So I would like to know the problem with it? Thanks!

  31. Sandy says

    I was driving my car and it just lost all power my light stayed on and radio but I lost power .if I waited like 15 minutes it crank right up. Please help.

  32. RSeabreeze says

    2000 dodge caravan dies when i turn left or right!!

  33. Tina says

    Did you check your throttle body?
    My 2009 Nissan Pathfinder has been doing this. It did it about a couple of months ago just shut off. Then coming into work it did it again but I floored it and it kept going. Going home it did it again! 🙁 I flooored it again and it worked. Now I am taking it to my mechanic and HOPEFULLY will figure something out. I just don’t need a car payment!

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