WHY DOES MY CAR RANDOMLY SHUT OFF WHILE DRIVING? AS IF I JUST TURNED THE KEY OFF?

  • Tiny
  • iowaoutlaw
  • 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • 163,000 miles

It has happened a few times now, and is recent. Never have had this issue before. I was driving and suddenly the car just shut off. I pulled off to the side of the road, and tried starting it again, nothing. No fire. I couldn't tell if it was lacking fuel or spark. Check engine light has been on with no real driving issues, got the code reader out and it said I need a new rear o2 sensor. I bought the car with out it and its driven me all over the place till now. I take good care of my eclipse I dont beat on it. One thing I have noticed was the idle is a little bit high sits at about 1100. One one freak event I watched the idle bounce but it hasnt done that since. Please please help me at least put me in the right direction.

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chris

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Friday, May 25th, 2012 AT 1:03 AM

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  • ASEMaster6371
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I would look at the distributor as it is a common failure.

Look at the fuel pressure as well to verify the pump.

Roy

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Friday, May 25th, 2012 AT 1:07 AM
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  • iowaoutlaw
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My 97 is run off a coil. Not so much a distributor. But thank you for the advice hopefully I can get my baby back on the road

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Friday, May 25th, 2012 AT 9:59 AM
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  • anthony taylor
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Check the crankshaft position sensor on the back passenger side of the engine.

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 AT 10:36 PM
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  • djcl
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Have you rechecked for codes since the stalling?

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 AT 11:05 PM

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