If you have ever had an experience where your car shuts off when idle or at low speeds, you know how frustrating it can be. This situation can be made even worse when your car stalls when you are running late for work; on a busy street, resulting in a traffic jam behind you; or on a hot day when you have your kids in the car.
Of course, there is never really a convenient time for your engine to stall, but there are definitely some scenarios that are more inconvenient and even potentially dangerous than others! Car stalling can happen any
time, and there is no check engine light to warn you it is coming.
Compounding the problem is the fact that there are a number of different reasons why your engine may stall, making it challenging to identify and fix the root cause. In a vehicle with manual transmission, the problem is typically that you simply operated the manual clutch incorrectly, causing the gears to disengage and the engine to stall.
However, in an automatic transmission vehicle, you don’t have a manual clutch to worry about, so the problem is more likely to be mechanical. In general, when a car engine stalls when idle, it is because the engine is not getting enough air, power or fuel. Let’s take a look at each of these categories and what they mean in greater detail.