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1994 Nissan Sentra Question: What Causes my car to shut off while driving?

 

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bmoreravenz, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Owings Mills, MD, May 02, 2010, 10:25
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While driving, the engine light suddenly appears, and the car shuts off. The car restarts and drives again. But after a short drive, it shuts off again. What mechanical issue could cause this to happen? Spark Plugs, Fuel Pump, Air Filter?

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  • Answer #1

    May 02, 2010, 13:27
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    Sounds like an intermittent problem, something that takes a lot of time to chase down. Your mechanic will hook up a scanner to see what's going on inside the vehicles computer - it's called 'taking a movie' so the computer will show just what system failed & when. If the budget don't allow for a pro, then start looking for loose connections in wiring.
    Are you getting any codes from the computer?

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    Visitor, April 22, 2011, 08:08

    On my 1992 Nissan Sentra, it would only stall on sharp right turns. I found a vacuum hose disconnected from the Air Intake manifold to IAC, and my +12 volt distribution bolt was also loose on my Positive battery Terminal. Tightened it and made 10 donut turns in the Mart parking lot and on some Freeway cloverleaf exits- problem gone!

    Also, Nissan distributors have a rubber gasket, just below the distributor cap/rotor, that disintegrates with age. The rubber filings fell all over the Cam Shaft sensor code wheel and caused my car not to start and stall. Buy a new distributor!

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  • Answer #3

    June 29, 2011, 06:03
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    so far i have change the spark plug

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