What happens during an inspection for a car that starts then dies?
If your car keeps starting then dying, a mechanic can perform an inspection to figure out what is causing the problem. The mechanic will probably investigate each of the following parts and perform the necessary repairs:
Fuel pump relay
If your mechanic suspects that there’s an issue with the fuel pump relay, she can start by taking a look at your car’s computer.
If there’s an issue with your car’s computer misreading your fuel pump relay, the computer may need to be replaced—or simply reprogrammed. If the issue is indeed with your fuel pump relay, your mechanic might need to replace your fuel pump relay.
If your mechanic finds that your ignition coil is faulty, she’ll likely need to replace it. First, she’ll disconnect the battery, and then remove the ignition coil from the engine bay. After installing the new ignition coil, she’ll reconnect the battery and check that the new ignition coil is working properly.
Mass airflow sensor
First, your mechanic will need to locate your mass airflow sensor in the engine bay and assess it for problems. She can also check the wire harness that the sensor connects to and make sure there aren’t any misconnected wires. If everything is connected properly but the sensor is faulty, she can then replace the sensor.
Since all of these issues involve the electronic control unit (ECU) of your car, your mechanic should be able to connect to your engine’s computer (usually through a code reader) to see what the problem is and diagnose your car’s issue(s) accordingly.
Do I need this service?
If your car is starting and then quickly dying, it’s best to get it inspected by a qualified mechanic. There are a number of possible causes for this problem, so you’ll want someone to investigate fully.
Also, a mechanic can access information from your car’s computer to get a better sense of the issue. Since you don’t have access to this data on your own, it’s best to get an inspection when you start noticing this problem.
How important is it to get an inspection if my car starts then dies?
This inspection is definitely important. First of all, it’s not very easy to drive a car that keeps dying. Second, a problem of this nature will probably just get worse if it’s ignored.
If your car keeps dying after you start it, it’s best to get the issue inspected sooner rather than later.
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