Automotive Column 25 Engine Stalling
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When taking your vehicle in for repairs the more information you can give them to help them duplicate your problem quickly will help save you money.
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Dear Motor Medics,
I have a 1996 Buick Lesabre with just over 100,000 miles and I’ve been to several shops to check stalling when I come to a stop. Usually I stick with just one shop and have all my work done there so they become familiar with my vehicle. This time my shop checked the vehicle several times, and since they could not duplicate the problem, they suggested that I wait until it does it every time or have someone else try to repair the problem. I am now at my wits end. The car stalls when I drive to work on the interstate then come to the exit stop. I’ve also noticed it stalls in town on roads with a speed limit of 45mph or more. What should my next step be?
Brian in Nebraska City Nebraska
Have you explained your problem to your shop as well as you have to me? What you are describing to me gives me a good idea of what’s wrong and a way to duplicate the problem for diagnosis. When you talk with your shop make sure to tell them they have to drive for an extended period at higher speeds then stop just like you did for me. I think it is likely a failed torque convertor lock up solenoid which is causing the stalling. It is only active under these conditions so they will have to duplicate them to find the problem.
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