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Why does my car keep cutting out while I'm driving? - it's not an electronic problem!


Polo Classic 1.4 1996, petrol, fuel injection. It also doesn't hoes and proes, just cease while driving. Battery and oil light comes on. Battery is new and car was services a year and a half ago. I have to wait 2 minutes before I can start it up again. I heard that it might be an electronic coil that gets warm and then it cuts out or a module inside the distributor.
71 mths ago

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Gonna need more info than that. Does it stutter and then die? If so check the fuel pump and filter and lines. Just die? Check if there is spark at the spark plugs. Could be many other things.

71 mths ago

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maybe u got a miss in the fuel line

Source: carberator tune up

71 mths ago

Details, we need details! Make, model, year, petrol or diesel, fuel injected or carb, what exactly you mean by cutting out.... does it just cease, or does it splutter and cough and die? If you've eliminated electronics, and with it the spark ignition, it sounds like either a fuel supply problem (fuel pump or injectors) or an air-fuel mix issue. If air-fuel, the most likely culprit is the mass air flow meter, which after some years and say a hundred thou km, becomes gummed up, and can't accurately measure the air flow into the engine, and thus determine the fuel to be added.

71 mths ago

Because, it is due to load shedding? It keeps going doesn't it?

71 mths ago

Isn't that just sooo... embarassing, my car did it for a while. First they said they'd have to replace the whole gearbox, turns out it was just a fuse.... What a relief $$$$$

71 mths ago

did you try using the gas pedal?

71 mths ago

The exact same thing happened to my car. It didn't stutter, shake, hoes or proes. I was still driving and busy braking for a stop street and all the sudden all the lights on the dash lit up. I stopped, started it with no hassle and off I went. I drive a 1982 Mazda 323. A friend of mine said it may be the plug cables. AND what I think may be the problem is: I've found mice poop in my engine, well, not inside the engine, but on top. And you can see a few places where the mice have chewed the plug cables. So, I think that may be the problem....?

71 mths ago

If it's not fuel, than it's your foot slipping off the pedal!

71 mths ago

When last did you check your ignition switch,it might be worn out.If all else fail get a pair of walking shoes.

71 mths ago

CMJ:Does your starter turn over like normal if you try to start, if so check for spark by adding an extra plug to one lead and ground it. Maverick:I think your problem maybe related to your car's carburettor Idle setting, including the mixture setting[+Air leak], or related to your choke setting if it happens when cold approaching a stop sign.

71 mths ago

Could be the fuel pump or fuel filter. Spark plugs could not b firing properly. Ur car should b serviced every 15 000km or once a year. Also depends on the mileage of te car. Timing could be out as well causing the car not to idle properly adn therefore a loss in power causing it to switch off.

71 mths ago

Check all the connections.

71 mths ago

Might be spark plugs

71 mths ago

And the answer is... DONT SERVICE YOUR CAR EVERY 1 AND A HALF YEARS... seriously though, do 10 000km and replace oil and all filters, then 15 000km and replace oil, filters, plugs, check brakes, check all fluids, do a engine flush, radiator flush etc... chances are your car will not give you problems if you just maintain it...

71 mths ago

moist

71 mths ago

Could be a fuel problem.

71 mths ago

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