Car dies while driving. All power goes out. However, radio & lights work. Car just stops. This has happened while on a freeway. Very dangerous. I've taken it to 3 mechanics. First time, it was towed..cost to fix $600.00. They said it was the sensors. 2nd time it died, a different mechanic said it was the fuel pump, new one: $700.00. A month later, I had a 100,000 mile tune-up, cost: $600.00. They said I now would have a car like new! Last week, it died again while on a busy highway in Northern California. While waiting for AAA, after 10 minutes, I re-started it..it started. I was able to drive it back to the mechanic that put in the new fuel pump. He has had it for the last 3 days, drove it around and it did not die. If he can't find a cause, I will have to drive it home (very scary.) Should I take it to a Ford dealership? Have you heard of the problem. I am a woman and afraid I might be getting ripped off by these mechanics as the car still dies at any time. Thank you for any response you may send me. Barbara Hawthorne Discovery Bay, CA
Engine dies while driving. on 2002 Ford Taurus
by Barbara Lee in Byron, CA on May 09, 2011
3 answers 5 comments
ANSWER by Hal... on May 09, 2011
What sensors did they replace? When the fuel pump was replaced did they replace the fuel pump relay and filter? Always a good idea to replace pump, filter and relay together. Were there any codes stored in the computer after the event happened? Has the vehicle's computer ever been replaced?
Thank you for those questions. I do know the answers. I will look at all the ppwk and ask the mechanic who now has the car re: the fuel pump. Thank you, again, for your response. I'm at my wit's end! Is replacing the computer a very costly procedure? Do you think Heat has anything to do with it dying? The last time it died, it was 90 up here in Brentwood.
COMMENT by Hal... on May 09, 2011
The computers aren't that expensive and easy to get at. Heat shouldn't be a factor either. We'll figure it out...
My, you are so nice to answer. Thanks. I see your shop is in Dublin. Perhaps when I pick my car up, I can make an appt w/you. Or, I go to Bill Brant's Ford in Brentwood. I'm in a dither.
ANSWER by Prestige Auto Works on May 10, 2011
HI Barbara give me call i need to know the year and model so i can hellp you 916 422 5522
COMMENT by Barbara Lee on May 10, 2011
2002 Ford Taurus. Thank you
COMMENT by sailorcheryl on February 12, 2016
Hi Barbara, I have the same problem with my 2003 Taurus. Did you finally get the problem solved? Regards, Cheryl
ANSWER by Please Fix My Car on January 19, 2014
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