Engine Stalls/Engine Failure

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Engine Stalls/Engine Failure

What to Do

Drivers must realize while driving the engine may stall or fail.  It is the responsibility of the driver to attempt to restart the engine while moving or pull off the roadway. 
  1. During an engine failure the driver can shift the transmission into the Neutral (N) position and attempt to restart the engine by turning the key to the start position.  If the engine restarts, shift into drive and continue driving looking for a safe place to pull over, activate emergency flashers and call for help.
    1. Engine stalls can be caused by overheating, bad gas, a faulty emissions system, loose ignition wires, bad air sensor module.  
    2. Remember, your vehicle is designed to run for days under extreme conditions, if your vehicle stalls after you have restarted it you need to have it checked out by a certified mechanic.
  2. A complete engine failure is where you have attempted the above procedures and the engine fails to start.  If engine failure is complete, shift the transmission into the Neutral (N) position, activate emergency flashers, look ahead for a clear pathway, do not brake hard, gently apply brakes as you drift to the side of the roadway attempting to position as far off the roadway as possible.  Re-attempt to start vehicle once you have stopped.  If vehicle fails to start call for help, raise hood.  Your vehicle will need to be towed to a certified mechanic.
    1. Remember, your engine will be very hot, do not attempt to touch or remove any caps because most systems will be under extreme pressure and can cause serious bodily injury.   
    2. Vehicles should be serviced at least once a year and have a routine maintenance performed by your local garage to help reduce the risk of engine failure.