One of the most dangerous and annoying situations is the car dying in the middle of a busy highway. Your car becomes a danger to other motorists and pedestrians on the road. It becomes worse if it’s at night and the car can’t produce any light. Before finding a solution, first, seek to understand why a car dies while driving but restarts. In most cases, the problem is with fuel or power. Once the car fails to get enough power, it will die and restart. So, how do you diagnose and solve these problems? Check the tips below.
1. Empty Fuel Tank
It’s obvious you can’t drive a car that has no fuel. Once your car dies, check the fuel gauge if there is enough fuel. If it’s empty, then you have to park aside and refill it. Unfortunately, the fuel sensor may be faulty, giving you the wrong reading. Do your calculations on when you put the fuel and the distance you have covered since then. You can fix or let the mechanic fix the faulty fuel sensor.
2. Faulty Alternator
A faulty alternator is another cause of unexpected shutdown when driving. The alternator charges the battery. Once it gets faulty, it fails to change; thus, the battery starts dying slowly. Eventually, when the power drain occurs, the car just died while driving. One indication that the problem is with the sensor is that some key components will lose power. That includes the dash, thus causing the light to go off.
3. Loose/Faulty Battery Terminals
So, what causes the terminals of your battery to become faulty? Some of the reasons include excess car vibration or even hitting a bump. Also, corrosion may make the terminals to get faulty. Once that occurred, the battery will not charge, and that eventually will lead to a power drain. As a result, the car will stop when driving.
4. Fuel Pump Concerns
For combustion to occur, the fuel pump must supply enough fuel to the engine. The fuel pump has filters that keep any impurity from getting to your engine. Once the filter gets clogged, or the pump gets faulty, it means that the engine will not receive enough fuel for complete combustion. As a result, the car engine dies while driving. If the problem is with the filter, replacing it is easy. A fault fuel pump is expensive to repair or replace.
5. Faulty Fuel Ignition System
Combustion can’t occur if the engine lacks enough power. The fuel ignition engine powers the engine and once it fails, the engine stops and the car suddenly dies while driving. To know if the problem is with the ignition system, start the key again. If it fails to start then the problem is with your ignition system.
6. Overheated Car
Your car has an engine coolant system that protects the engine from overheating. But in case of a leak of a faulty thermostat, then the water will not cool your engine. Since the hot temperature can ruin the pistons, the car’s digital engine management system responds by switching off the engine.
What to Do?
As indicated earlier, when the car stops abruptly, you can quickly get into an accident. To avoid the ugly incidences, here is what to do.
1. Park Aside
Chances of panicking if you are on the highway are high. But that will worsen the matter. So, pull over the vehicle to a safe place and apply the emergency brake.
2. Attempt to Restate the Car
Start by checking if the car has enough fuel. Check the battery and if it has loose cables, tighten them. You can also see if the temperature gauge is between hot and cold. Attempt to restart the car. If the car fails, you will have to look for help. If the car restarts, then that’s good for you. It could be the car is failing to restart because the battery is dead, try to jumpstart it.
3. Turn On Emergency Flasher
Maybe parking the car aside is a problem. You need to notify other drivers that you are in distress. That means other cars will keep off from hitting your car.
4. Call For Help
If the car fails to restart, then the best option would be to call for help. Contact the insurance company to know if you’re insurance covers roadside assistance. Off-road assistance should help to tow the vehicle to the mechanic.
Fixing The Problem
You can fix the problems, or you can call the mechanic to fix it for you. Here are ways to fix the issues
1. Fixing Battery Terminals
Check the loose terminals and tighten them to ensure that the terminals have proper contact with the battery. What if the battery is dead? Then try to jumpstart it. If it’s not still working, replace it.
2. Check The Water In The Radiator.
Wait for the car to cool first since you can quickly burn your hands. Check if there is water in the radiator. If there is not, fill the radiator with water.
3. Check The Fuse
A brown-up fuse could be another reason why your car stalls. So, check the condition of the fuse wires. If they have cracks, replace them.
If your car stops when driving, it poses a risk to you and other motorists. You are likely to panic. Immediately it stops don’t attempt to start it while on the highway before parking it in a safe place. Put emergency flasher to alert other motorists that you are in distress. Check if the car has enough fuel and if the battery has loose cables. Check if the dash has lights since that may indicate that the alternator has issues. You can also check if the fuse wires are in the right condition. If the battery is dead, jump starts the car. If it fails, call for help. The off-road assistance should tow the car to the mechanic. The mechanic should trace where the problem is. The problem can be easy to fix or even complicated.