Engine stalling while driving

Tiny
KRAMSELAROM
  • 2010 DODGE CALIBER
  • 6,000 MILES

The vehicle stalls without warning as I am coming to a stop (such as a stop light or stop sign). There is no warning in the warning lights and this is very dangerous. I have had this happen numerous times. I bought the car used and have had the car under a year. I bought it with almost 39, 000 miles on it and only have 60000 on there now. It has been taken in for service at the dealership where I purchased the vehicle and they found nothing wrong. I am having the spark plugs replaced and having a maintenance check as they suggested for a fee. And for a larger fee (nearly 400.00) I can get the full service they think may alleviate the problem"? I find this problem to be a serious safety issue and have seen where other owners are complaining of the same problem. This can cause a serious accident and when will something be done about this" there should be a re-call on this as it poses a serious safety issue.

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 AT 7:42 AM

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Tiny
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It sounds like the crankshaft angle sensor is going out which the computer wont detect.

Here is a guide that will show you what you are in for when changing the sensor out.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/crankshaft-angle-sensor-replacement

Below are some diagrams that will show you what its like on your car.

You may need to lift the car. Here is a guide on that.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/jack-up-and-lift-your-car-safely

All cars can be controlled safely when the engine stalls. To address the stalling problem, if it only occurs at very low speeds such as when approaching a stop sign, a common cause is the battery was recently disconnected. Fuel injection systems include a means of controlling and adjusting idle speed automatically but the Engine Computer has to know when to do that.

It does that when it sees "minimum throttle" but that has to be learned because it's different on every car. For Chrysler products that relearn takes place when you drive at highway speed with the engine warmed up, then coast for at least seven seconds without touching the pedals. After a year of owning the car that should have taken place already. Seven seconds is typical of coasting off an off-ramp on the highway.

Please let us know what happens so it will help others.

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 AT 11:03 AM
Tiny
ABN4SHO
  • 2008 DODGE CALIBER
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES

ENGINE SHUTS OFF AT STOPS. HAVE TO PUT CAR IN NEUTRAL TO PREVENT IT FROM SHUTTIN OFF.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Was the battery recently disconnected or run dead?

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ABN4SHO
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NO, I DID JUST CHANGE THE IGNITION COILS.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Rats. This is usually caused by disconnecting the battery.

Oh well, try this anyway. Drive at highway speed with the engine warmed up, then coast for at least seven seconds without touching the pedals. That will initiate the relearn of "minimum throttle" The Engine Computer needs to learn that to know when to be in control of idle speed.

Next is to use a scanner to view live data. Look at the "step" the automatic idle speed motor is being commanded to. The typical value for a good-running engine is step 32. If you find it's much higher, the computer is trying to raise idle speed without success. If you find it on step 0, it hasn't learned minimum throttle yet.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
AMJEDJABER
  • 2008 DODGE CALIBER
  • 33,000 MILES

I start engine normaly and drived for engine heat becom normal ( half gage) and I can drive for any time normaly but when I turnoff engine and attempt to start engine after short time period from engine turnoff, engine start normaly and with out any code or errer and when I let go engine for 15-20 min to cool engin I can start engin normaly and drive for any period but if I stop and turn off engine the problem return and I must let go engine cool.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
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When it doesnt start will it crank no start or no crank no start?

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
AMJEDJABER
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Yes crank and engine start normaly then shutdown happen after 5-10 s
i am so sorry for error in my text :
I start engine normaly and drived for engine heat becom normal ( half gage) and I can drive for any time normaly but when I turnoff engine and attempt to start engine (after short time period from engine turnoff) engine start normaly and shutdown after 5-10 s with out any code or errer and when I let go engine for 15-30 min to cool engin I can start engine normaly and drive for any period, but if I stop and turn off engine the problem return and I must let go engine cool to start again.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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So when it wont start for 15-30 mins does the engine crank meaning the starter is spining it around trying to start it?Or there is a no crank no start meaning the starter is inop?I need to know this?

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
AMJEDJABER
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The starting normal and engine runing normal and I can drive car for any time period (1h, 2h.) Until I stop and shutoff engine every think ok, but if I comeback to start engine ( before engine heat down from normal 1/2 to 1/3 temperature gage, therfor I leave the car for 15-30 mins to let engine heat down under 1/3 gage, I mean after I leave car for short time and rutern to operate car ) engine start normal and engine operate (run ) normal but after 5-10 s engine shutdown.
There is no problem with starting process or engine opration but the problem engine shutdown after 5-10 s after good start and runing, thats if I dont let engine temp. Down 1/3 or less.
The problem happens when I press full accelerator to have high rpm 4000 befor 5 month and know I use car but I let engine heat down befor second starting,
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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Iam still not getting the answer to the question iam asking. Does the starter work and turn the engine over when it doesnt start?Please answer that question so we can move on with figuring this out.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
AMJEDJABER
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No, the starter work and turn the engine normal.
In the end of your question you saied ( when it doesnt start ),
my car start and engine work after that engine shutdown (after 5-10s of work)

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Fuel shut off may have triggered, or something has been knocked loose in the engine bay, you will need a mechanic to check this one over I feel.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
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Do you have any codes in the computer?Have you checked for codes yet?

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
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No I didnt checked for codes.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
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Lets check for codes if you have any I need the exact code numbers not code descriptions.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
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OSCSUSN
  • 2008 DODGE CALIBER

Transmission problem
2008 Dodge Caliber 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 21003 miles

car drove good for last 45 days just bought it was a salvaged vehicle drove car last night made whining noise and just stalled let it sit for 20 min engaged vehicle and moved for 300 ft then act like it went into neutral

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:05 PM (Merged)
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Is the trans fluid full? Also, have the check engine light come on? Finally, have you checked the linkage to the trans to make sure it is attached and tight?

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