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Why does my car keep stalling?

beth3735 Avatar
6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
We have owned our Vauxhall Vectra for a couple of years now and for the past month max it has started to stall when Im slowing down which then cuts out the power steering.

It has done it when petrol low and petrol full, Oil is full.

If im driving at 40 mph then slow right rown to go round a round about it seems to cut out which means I end up gonig right across a lane due to no steering,
But it also happens when Im trying to park as im not massivly revving the car?

Why would my perfect driving car start doing this please?
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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#1
I'd say it's idling at too low revs, not sure why it'd start doing it suddenly though.
#2
Penny Saver
I'd say it's idling at too low revs, not sure why it'd start doing it suddenly though.


for ages when we turned it on we wouldnt need to rev it would just hold itself on, Now I have to rev and if i take my foot off the exhelerator when parked it sometimes cuts out :x

Not sure if its anything serious or not
banned#3
You can't steer a car without power steering? Wut?!
#4
if its making you lose control and cross lanes do you really think its safe to drive ?
sorry but get it to the garage !
#5
i googled your problem and quite a lot comes up - might be worthwhile having a look on google
#6
vibeone
You can't steer a car without power steering? Wut?!


...........and old enough to drive:)
1 Like #7
how many miles on the clock? have you had the cam belt changed? if i remember rightly this is what was needed on my old car when it had the same problem (disclaimer- i may be wrong, i'm a girl)
1 Like #8
had a similar problem on mine a few years back, there is a small hole in the carb, think its called the idle valve or something, it gets clogged with grunge which causes the car to stall at low revs, you need to (or get someone) to remove the carb body (not very difficult) and get a sewing needle and clean the small hole out and flush with petrol or carb cleaner, worked a treat for me.
Borrow a haynes manual if you can
#9
My daughter has a Vauxhall Corsa and it kept cuting out like your car.

Had a mechanic round and he said it was the Camshaft Sensor (may also be called the Cam Sensor or Crackshaft Sensor).

He changed it and it was fine afterwards.

The camshaft sensor controls the "spark" and engine performance and so on.

Here is a question somewone else asked on the internet about a Vectra and that turned out to be the Camshaft Sensor

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_cam_sensor_and_how_do_you_know_when_it_is_going_bad_and_where_would_you_look_for_it

A new sensor is about £30 or so and it is not that difficult to replace (note it is UNDER the engine - well it is on a Corsa - so may need a mechanoic to do it)

Wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crankshaft_position_sensor
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#10
vibeone
You can't steer a car without power steering? Wut?!


Sorry I cant help it if im not hulk! The car is heavy without the steering as it cuts out completly,

bossyboots
i googled your problem and quite a lot comes up - might be worthwhile having a look on google


Thank you :) I will have a look see what it brings up
skusey
...........and old enough to drive:)


Huhh? Not 100% what you mean lol but im 26

michelleleemoo
how many miles on the clock? have you had the cam belt changed? if i remember rightly this is what was needed on my old car when it had the same problem (disclaimer- i may be wrong, i'm a girl)


Umm think its nearing the 90 thousand, We got it at 70 thousand, so maybe worth seeing if there is any paper work to say when it was last changed! :)
1 Like #11
vibeone
You can't steer a car without power steering? Wut?!


you can but its bloody heavy when its not running !

OP sounds like the IACV (idle air control valve) needs a clean out. if your mechanicaly minded you can remove the valve & clean it with some carb cleaner, it is a common problem.
#12
ohdaesu
had a similar problem on mine a few years back, there is a small hole in the carb, think its called the idle valve or something, it gets clogged with grunge which causes the car to stall at low revs, you need to (or get someone) to remove the carb body (not very difficult) and get a sewing needle and clean the small hole out and flush with petrol or carb cleaner, worked a treat for me.
Borrow a haynes manual if you can


guilbert53
My daughter has a Vauxhall Corsa and it kept cuting out like your car.

Had a mechanic round and he said it was the Camshaft Sensor.

He changed it and it was fine afterwards.

The camshaft sensor controls the "spark" and revs and so on.

Here is a question somewone else asked on the internet about a Vectra and that turned out to be the Camshaft Sensor

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_cam_sensor_and_how_do_you_know_when_it_is_going_bad_and_where_would_you_look_for_it


Thank you both :) I will have a look through the internet on those 2 see if anything my DH can work on, Otherwise think its a garage job :)
#13
beth3735
Sorry I cant help it if im not hulk! The car is heavy without the steering as it cuts out completly,



Thank you :) I will have a look see what it brings up


Huhh? Not 100% what you mean lol but im 26



Umm think its nearing the 90 thousand, We got it at 70 thousand, so maybe worth seeing if there is any paper work to say when it was last changed! :)


would only need changing every 10 yrs/100,000 miles (whichever soonest) so if it hasnt been changed might be worth it, prob best to see a mechanic tho, get one recommended by friends/family :thumbsup:
1 Like #14
Could be numerous things

Most probably idle control valve, EGR valve ( Think their the same thing ).

Also possibly camshaft sensor as they can cause a similar problem.

Also theirs a switch under the accelerator pedal ( At the top, Not the bottom where you use your foot ). Sometimes the switch becomes faulty and can cause idling problems, Think if you disconnect it your revs may increase slightly, However if it then doesn't stall then then the switch will be the problem.

it could be other problems, Unlikely to be cambelt problem as suggested earlier as they tend to just snap with out any warning, Hence why they need to be changed at the correct intervals.
1 Like #15
guilbert53
My daughter has a Vauxhall Corsa and it kept cuting out like your car.

Had a mechanic round and he said it was the Camshaft Sensor (may also be called the Cam Sensor or Crackshaft Sensor).

He changed it and it was fine afterwards.

The camshaft sensor controls the "spark" and engine performance and so on.

Here is a question somewone else asked on the internet about a Vectra and that turned out to be the Camshaft Sensor

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_cam_sensor_and_how_do_you_know_when_it_is_going_bad_and_where_would_you_look_for_it

A new sensor is about £30 or so and it is not that difficult to replace (note it is UNDER the engine - well it is on a Corsa - so may need a mechanoic to do it)

Wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crankshaft_position_sensor
.


Just to let you know I have added a bit more to my update.
#16
i reckon its your thingy that connects to the thing that dosnt run right cos of that other thingy
#17
guilbert53
Just to let you know I have added a bit more to my update.


Thank you so much :) Rep added
wickedteen
i reckon its your thingy that connects to the thing that dosnt run right cos of that other thingy


Thats exactly what I thought it was :p
1 Like #18
I've got same car and had same problem. It was the throttle body which had got blocked up with gunk/leaves over time. Gave it a good clean out with carb cleaner and its now fine. Should cost around £30 at a garage.

Pretty sure this is the problem.
1 Like #19
just what i said
#20
Thank you all, Have left rep, I can now take it to the garage in the hope its not going to be mega money :)
banned#21
idle servo motor sticking, may need replacing
#22
beth3735
for ages when we turned it on we wouldnt need to rev it would just hold itself on, Now I have to rev and if i take my foot off the exhelerator when parked it sometimes cuts out :x

Not sure if its anything serious or not


Same thing happened to my Pug 406...Wasn't serious...Couldn't remember what it was...Something to do with the idle controller or something...Too long ago. It was dangerous! I had to dip the clutch going round a corner to slow it down but keep the revs going to prevent stalling! Get it sorted immediately.
#23
dcx_badass
Because Vauxhall are horrible.


I have had Fords, Renaults and Rover and my Vauxhaul has been our best car, Touch wood. We had a laguna that was a good car but some silly young bint wrote it off for us.
ei8hty5ive
Same thing happened to my Pug 406...Wasn't serious...Couldn't remember what it was...Something to do with the idle controller or something...Too long ago. It was dangerous! I had to dip the clutch going round a corner to slow it down but keep the revs going to prevent stalling! Get it sorted immediately.


Im going to go to garage today, Husband is off so he can have kids. Thats exactly what im having to do, is keep the revs high but slow my speed down just to turn a corner, and thats when it cuts out most, on roundabouts and corners lol
#24
Have to wait till tomorrow till they can help me :) He reckons fuel starvation though. Not sure if thats any different to what has been stated on here, or what they could do to help that, plus what costs it would be :o
#25
It could any any of the above............ or it could be a spilt vacum hose which is throwing the air/fuel mixture out..

Best bet... take it to a garage, get the codes read, cleared and test drive, re-read the codes and take it from there.

Rick
banned#26
No mention of age...is it carb or injected?
#27
Not to sure what engine you have , but I have a Zafira and they are prone to cutting out at junctions etc . A common fault can be one of the sensors as listed above or the EGR valve , these can easily be changed yourself , 2 torx bolts on the right hand side of the engine , but another problem can be the fuel filter . On the Zafira it's located behind the wheel arch at the rear or the car .I've had mine for only 3 years and have never experienced any problems like this , only the coil pack went on it 5 weeks after buying it . It's been good since then .
As for the plonker saying Vauxhall's are bad motors ...............crap .
I've had lots of the older Fords , then switched to Vauxhalls and have owned a Astra ,Mk1 ,MkII, MkIII ,I also own a Vectra [2.0DI].Great cars ,but as with any other make you can still get your problems .
#28
beth3735
Have to wait till tomorrow till they can help me :) He reckons fuel starvation though. Not sure if thats any different to what has been stated on here, or what they could do to help that, plus what costs it would be :o


If it were fuel starvation I would expect it to be "jumpy" most of the time, esp at low speeds. Including pulling away. I've had that problem, faulty MAF was the culprit.

But those symptoms were different to it cutting at junctions when slowing down ... that was deffo blocked throttle body.
#29
dcx_badass
Well we have loads of cars amd they change pretty often and the Omega we had was the worst car we've ever owned, gear stick know fell off, accelerator pedal fell off, crashed at 70mph head on to the central reservation air bags didn't go off, vauxhall claimed it wasn't fast enough to trigger them, so glad we got rid of that junk.


No wonder you have such low opinions of Vauxhall, I would feel the same if we went through that too then tyo be told you didnt crash fast enough :o

TUSSFC
If it were fuel starvation I would expect it to be "jumpy" most of the time, esp at low speeds. Including pulling away. I've had that problem, faulty MAF was the culprit.

But those symptoms were different to it cutting at junctions when slowing down ... that was deffo blocked throttle body.


Definatly not jumpy starting of or driving at slower speeds

Just put £60 petrol in so its topped up for garage tomorrowm still stalling though lol
Car is 9 years, its a 2001
Not sure abour carb or injection lol
Its 1.8 :)
#30
beth3735
No wonder you have such low opinions of Vauxhall, I would feel the same if we went through that too then tyo be told you didnt crash fast enough :o



Definatly not jumpy starting of or driving at slower speeds

Just put £60 petrol in so its topped up for garage tomorrowm still stalling though lol
Car is 9 years, its a 2001
Not sure abour carb or injection lol
Its 1.8 :)


I would not of put £60 of fuel in it.... because if its the fuel pump that would be a nightmare to drain some out first... (however it wont be the fuel pump!)

it could also be the throttle body sticking ... it could be a number things..

Look forward to seeing what the issue was though.

Rick
banned#31
beth3735

Not sure abour carb or injection lol
Its 1.8 :)


it's injection, does it do it even when it's cold?

Need to get the computer read first that'll be £40-£50 will tell you if any of the sensors are failing as this will seriously affect how the car runs. I got a cheap VAG COM set up from ebay for £15. Saved me and the wife a fortune
#32
Back with my car :)

He had to do a diagnostic test as couldnt see from a basic look what was up,

The computer brought up the timing and the cam shaft sensor, So they have cleared up the sensor for now, and told me if it starts happening again or an orange light comes up on dash that I may need a new sensor, if that doesnt fix it then he says it will be more complicated as it would be the timing system.

Anyways i paid him the £35 for what he did today, drove away and instantly felt a difference just starting the engine.

I drove round town, parked up, round roundabouts, slowed down without clutch in instantly and it didnt even attempt to stall. So touch wood it just needed a clean up and its sorted :)

Thank you all for your help and advice xx
#33
grrr It stalled about 5 times just driving to the gym and back when slowing to go over speed bumps :( Not sure what to do now!
#34
Sounds plausable, if the computer has flagged up the cam-shaft postion sensor then you have to go down the route of replacing it & then taking it from there, you cant clean or do anything with the sensor as it is encased in plastic.

the joys of motoring !!!
banned#35
beth3735
grrr It stalled about 5 times just driving to the gym and back when slowing to go over speed bumps :( Not sure what to do now!


The engine has gone back into limp mode, now you'll have to pay him another £35 lol

This would be cheaper

ebay item # 260590854016
banned#36
coz its a vectra

get a real car
#37
sunnysinghcheema
coz its a vectra

get a real car


What would you class as a real car?

I will call them today and see if they can fit me in this week to have new sensor fitted :( Got a big journey to do on friday which we cannot avoid doing!.
#38
lumoruk
The engine has gone back into limp mode, now you'll have to pay him another £35 lol

This would be cheaper

ebay item # 260590854016


Thats good, thanks for that, shocking postage charges though lol Just wondering if it would be basic enough for a woman to read the problem :)
banned 1 Like #39
beth3735
Thats good, thanks for that, shocking postage charges though lol Just wondering if it would be basic enough for a woman to read the problem :)


It would be better to read the code yourself search it on the internet and see what other people have said, the reading could be saying their is a fault with the sensor it will say something like reading high/low intermittent this will mean replacing the sensor. Anything else means the sensor is telling the computer there is something wrong with the timing/cambelt.

Also buy the sensor yourself will be cheaper.

A garage wanted £40 for some bushes, I paid £14 for them from VW garage.
#40
lumoruk
It would be better to read the code yourself search it on the internet and see what other people have said, the reading could be saying their is a fault with the sensor it will say something like reading high/low intermittent this will mean replacing the sensor. Anything else means the sensor is telling the computer there is something wrong with the timing/cambelt.

Also buy the sensor yourself will be cheaper.

A garage wanted £40 for some bushes, I paid £14 for them from VW garage.


I wouldnt even know where to start to swap a sensor lol Its booked back in garage first thing tomorrow.
If i didnt have a big journey to do tomorrow for the weekend i would of looked at seeing if between me and hubby we could sort it, But i just need the car fixed as dont want to stall near a motorway! :oops:

Thank you though, I may still look at that Ebay auction as handy to have for future times :) Rep added for all your help x

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