Why is My Car Stalling?

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Everyone hopes to avoid car trouble. While some automotive issues are obvious, others are a little harder to read. For example, if your engine has shut off while you’re driving, it’s natural to wonder, “why is my car stalling?”

Pat Peck Nissan takes a closer look at some common causes to help drivers in Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland learn more about what’s going on under the hood.

What Causes an Engine to Stall


It takes a lot of parts to start your car and keep it running. As a result, there are a few different problems that can cause your vehicle to stall. They range from maintenance issues that can be a quick fix to major service issues that require new parts. Some of the most common causes are:

  • Fuel System Problems – Any malfunction in the fuel system, whether it’s the fuel lines, a bad fuel mixture, or an empty gas tank, can cause your car to stall.
  • Faulty Air Intake/Valvetrain – Gasoline is one half of what makes your car go. The other is airflow. If the timing of your valvetrain is off, no air can get to your engine. Without air, the engine can’t create the combustion it needs to start up.
  • Electrical Issues – Another power problem could stem from the charging system. This could be the result of a dead battery, wiring, or a faulty alternator.
  • Transmission Problems Much like a chain on a bicycle, the transmission manages your power and how fast you can go. If there are any problems with that, your engine might stall.

Manual vs Automatic Transmission

Vehicles with a manual transmission are more likely to stall, especially if you’re new to driving stick shift. The reason is because a manual transmission can stall if you don’t time your shifting or engage the clutch properly.

An automatic transmission takes care of the timing for you. It makes your drive easier and removes any chance of mistiming your gear shifts by using a torque converter to control the clutch for you. However, an automatic transmission can still stall. If there’s a problem with the transmission, such as low or old transmission fluid, your vehicle might end up stalling.

What to Do If Your Engine Stalls

If your vehicle begins to stall while you’re driving, try to slowly steer over to the shoulder. Whether you make it to the shoulder or stall while you’re sitting at a stop sign, put your hazard lights on next, then try to restart your vehicle.

If you’re able to get going again, schedule service to get your car looked at. If you can’t restart your engine, contact our service center to get a technician and tow truck sent to you.

Nissan Service Center


To learn more about why your car is stalling, contact the service center at Pat Peck Nissan. We have a highly trained team of technicians at our service center who can help get drivers in Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland back on the road. Our experienced staff only works with OEM parts and accessories and uses state-of-the-art repair equipment to get your vehicle running properly again.

If your vehicle has stalled recently or you’re due for the kind of maintenance that can help prevent it from stalling, schedule service with us online.