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Old 01-04-2006, 04:13 PM   #1
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car hesitated, then died

I drove the car to my gf's 1 hour away, and everything was fine when I drove there, when I got there I let the car idle and unloaded my bags. Then I went to park it, and as I got to the street it started hesitating and died. It wouldn't restart, it would try to turn over, slightly start and immediately died. Under the hood I located a loud strong sound that sounded like air blowing that was coming from under the fuel rail I think.

This morning I went to start the car and it started no problem, does anyone know what the problem was!?
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:24 PM   #2
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Starter on its way out?

the only other thing i could think of is a loose ignition coil (proliphic taught me how to replace em, but i was checking a coil, etc)
but then i doubt it would pop back into place.


but my guess is starter or frayed wire from battery
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Old 01-04-2006, 05:56 PM   #3
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starter? wtf? guess again

anyone with actual info? lol..

Thanks anyways though dude... lol
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Old 01-04-2006, 05:59 PM   #4
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You ever tried starting your car with a bad battery? the starter will start turning over, you'll hear clicking, as if the car were going to start.



btw what does "start slightly mean"

the car started and then died? i dont understand how cars can slightly start
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Old 01-04-2006, 06:15 PM   #5
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prop... I doubt his starter is on the way out. mirek's car was already started and driving fine when it hesitated and died.

mirek, as you said the car would turn over, begin to catch, then die. That could really only be three things:

1) not enough air (intake problem)
2) no gas
3) no spark

If there is too much air (intake leak), the car will still start... just be very very very very rough, then die. So it can't be that. It's possible that not enough air is getting in though, which could be an ECU, ICV, or MAF problem. Also make sure your intake (especially if you have an aftermarket one) isn't clogged up.

It's possible that you have a clogged fuel filter, bad gas, or your fuel pump is dying and becoming intermittent.

Also possible that your spark plugs, or ignition coils are dying... but that happening in the middle of driving would be a little odd.

Can you explain this hissing sound you heard? When would you hear it? Only when attempting to start? Would the sound chug with the car too?
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Old 01-04-2006, 07:05 PM   #6
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also possible that your alternator is dying, when you drove to your g/f the high revs gave your alternator just enough juice for everything to run properly, but when you got there & parked to unload the car, the car was just idling at low revs so your alternator wasn't pumping enough amps out so it was running off your battery, the car died because it has drained all the power out of the battery causing it hard to start, but once you let it sit for awhile the battery was ok, that's why you were able to start it again the next day
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Old 01-04-2006, 08:25 PM   #7
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^^^ that actually makes sense if u think about it, never really thought about that aspect of it.
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Old 01-04-2006, 09:17 PM   #8
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also possible that your alternator is dying, when you drove to your g/f the high revs gave your alternator just enough juice for everything to run properly, but when you got there & parked to unload the car, the car was just idling at low revs so your alternator wasn't pumping enough amps out so it was running off your battery, the car died because it has drained all the power out of the battery causing it hard to start, but once you let it sit for awhile the battery was ok, that's why you were able to start it again the next day
It's possible, but his charging light would've came on while driving / while the battery was being drained... the car also would not have hesitated then died, it would've just shut off...
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Old 01-04-2006, 10:40 PM   #9
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I'll go with justin on this one, a little more investigating is needed to narrow it down father.....if it was the altenator he wouldn't have been able to crank the car after it died.
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Old 01-06-2006, 12:02 PM   #10
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Sorry guys, been too busy to check responses.

It's not the starter or alternator. It turned over, and started, but then automatically died is what I meant. I wish i could have pin pointed the hissing blowing noise, but it was too dark. Oh well, i've got an hour drive on sunday back home, so hopefully it will make it without the problem arrising on the 401
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Old 01-06-2006, 12:28 PM   #11
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check your intake boot. It might be ripped or cracked. you have to check it really carefully as there could be a small cracks.
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