WHY DOES MY CAR SHUTS OFF WHEN I STEP ON THE BRAKES?

  • Tiny
  • chavacamarena
  • 2004 Chrysler Sebring
  • 150,000 miles

My sebring 2004 shuts off unexpectedly when I step on the brakes. The only way to keep it running is to step on the gas so that I do not let it die. It started doing this a week ago. Please help.

Monday, June 25th, 2012 AT 4:03 AM

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  • Tiny
  • caradiodoc
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Was the battery recently disconnected for some other service or run dead?

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Monday, June 25th, 2012 AT 7:07 AM
  • Tiny
  • chavacamarena
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There was a water pump issue so I had service performed for that like a week ago.

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 AT 2:53 AM
  • Tiny
  • caradiodoc
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If that's when the stalling issue started, suspect the battery was disconnected. If so, the Engine Computer lost its memory and has to relearn "minimum throttle" before it will know when it must be in control of idle speed. It also might not give you the normal "idle flare-up" to 1500 rpm when you start the engine. To meet the conditions for the relearn to take place, drive at highway speed with the engine warmed up, then coast for at least seven seconds without touching the brake or gas pedals.

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 AT 3:09 AM

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