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Car Engine Dies La Plata MD

While driving my 1992 Buick LeSabre down the highway at 60 MPH or whatever speed, my car sometimes just dies. This happens no matter where I fill my gas tank or how much gas I have. See what the Honest Mechanic says to do about this problem so you’ll have this info in case such a thing ever happens to you in La Plata.

Boswell's Auto Service
(301) 965-0992
4 Irongate Drive
Waldorf, MD
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Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Hollin Hall Automotive
(703) 765-3722, 001-2004
7926 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria, VA
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Blue Seal Certified
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Sign-A-Rama
(301) 870-0299
3085 Leonardtown Rd
La Plata, MD
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Auto Body

Aamco Transmissions - Maryland Centers, Waldorf
(301) 870-8285
2455 Old Washington Road
La Plata, MD
 
La Plata Tire Center
(301) 870-3440
6560 Crain Hwy
La Plata, MD
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Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Extreme Custom Collision
(703) 594-1997
1340 Profit Ct
Woodbridge, VA
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Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Guy Motors
(301) 884-8500, 001-2004
28210 Three Notch Road
Mechanicsville, MD
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Blue Seal Certified
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Wal-Mart
(301) 392-9121
40 Drury Dr
La Plata, MD
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Meineke Car Care Center - Auto Repair
(301) 392-9700
6530 Crain Highway
La Plata, MD
Hours
Monday through Friday-7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday-7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday-Closed

Autozone
(301) 392-3745
102 Drury Dr
La Plata, MD
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Reader Question: While driving my 1992 Buick LeSabre down the highway at 60 MPH or whatever speed, my car sometimes just dies. This happens no matter where I fill my gas tank or how much gas I have.

Also, it sometimes happens when I just am traveling in the city or when I wait for a stop light and then proceed to go it dies. It does not matter the speed or the distance. Once in while it will make a loud bang and sometimes not this does not happen all the time but more than not.

I am just scared so someone will not rear-end me when I am on the highway or in the city any ideas what it causing this.

Hey Bob,

You need to determine if the engine is dying because of lack of fuel or lack of a spark. It could be either. If you do not have a spark to the spark plugs when the engine dies, I would suspect a problem with the ignition module or ignition coil pack, crankshaft, or camshaft position sensors (depending on which engine you have) which supply and control spark timing to the spark plugs.

Usually when the engine looses spark it feels as though someone just turns off the ignition key. There is usually no warning sign it just happens immediately. Also, ignition modules can overheat and fail, and not work correctly again until they are given time to cool off.

If you have spark, then you need to check the fuel pressure at the engine with a manual fuel pressure gauge. You could have a fuel pump that is weak or is overheating and shutting down. Usually when an engine runs out of fuel it sputters and bogs down before it totally shuts off.

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