Stalls on right hand turns

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ALEX1981
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  • 1997 MERCURY TRACER
The car runs fine except for when making right hand turns. It seems to lose power halfway through the turn and just shuts off. Left hand turns are fine and idles fine. Any suggestions?
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 AT 2:01 PM

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Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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This sounds like you can have one of two problems first the air intake boot is loose or cracked causing the engine to stall or you have a wiring harness rubbing against a ground making the engine stall here is a guide to help with the air boot if that seems okay gab the wiring harness when the engine is running and move it all around to see if the engine stalls.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-an-air-intake-boot

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-stalls

Please let us know what you find.

Cheers
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Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 AT 11:52 AM
Tiny
SYMAMA
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  • 1997 MERCURY TRACER
  • 4 CYL
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  • 150,707 MILES
My sometimes stall when the engine is at idle. The mechanics at the service center said that the oil pressure switch could be the cause of problem. I have change the spark plugs, fuel filter and asociated hoses, EGR valve, PVC valve and associated hoses and air filter. I also cleaned the air control valve. I welcome all suggestions.
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Have you checked fuel pump pressure or for vacuum leaks?
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
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BRENDA STUCK
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  • 1997 MERCURY TRACER
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 130,000 MILES
Our 1997 Tracer will not go anywhere. It started by not going in reverse and now will not go into any gear. It also shuts off intermittently while driving, even on interstate and it has no power when going uphill.

Any suggestions?
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MHPAUTOS
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Hi there,

If the transmission has been having trouble selection & driving you should first check the oil level & condition, if low very low top it up and get to a transmission specialist to investigate the leak (if any) and the selectors, but I feel that the drive problem will be an internal fault with the transmission.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JENNINGS916
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  • 1995 MERCURY TRACER
  • 1.9L
  • 4 CYL
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  • 199,900 MILES
My car just recently started getting into the habit of turning off while im waiting at stop lights.

I get in my car, taking the kids to school then going to work. On the way there not even a mile away I stop a a stop light, when my car starts to lose power and just turns off. As soon as it turns off the check engine light comes on. I then try to turn it back on and it has no issues at all, just starts up as normal. So I kept driving to the kids school, which is about 3 minutes away. I pull over and wait for them to get out. And as im waiting. My car boggs out and dies again. But once again it starts back up fine. I can miss work so just cross my fingers and hope ill be fine the rest of the way there on the freeway, luckily there was no traffic. It ran fine.
Then about 4 hours later I went to go get lunch, the car dies twice, once while I was ordering in the drive thru and once when getting the food. 4 hours later, On the way home from work I jumped on the freeway, no traffic, no stops. So it didnt die.

So it seems like it happens only when I first start driving.

The only things ive done differently lately is last week I got my oil changed, then I put some fuel injector cleaner in my tank when I filled it for the first time since ive got the car.

What could the problem be?
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
HMAC300
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Try cleaning throttle plate an diac hole with choke cleaner first.
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
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MICHEAL777
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  • 1996 MERCURY TRACER
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I have a 96 Merc Tracer Trio. While driving on the freeway, the engine completely shut down. I still had lights, etc. Once I got it to the side of the road, I let it sit for a few minutes, then tried to turn it over with no luck (Could hear the starter trying to engage, but it wasn't clicking like a dying battery). I'm thinking I might need a new ignition coil/distributor cap. Has anyone experienced this, or have a better idea of what could cause this? If so, is it an easy/cheap swap out?

Thanks!
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MICHEAL777
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When I had it safely towed off the road to inspect it, nothing seemed terribly out of place. I checked the rad and oil, which were about normal (topped them off while I had the chance), though, I did notice that there was some corrosion around the positive terminal of the battery. As soon as I finished, I did have a chance to attempt to get the car to turn over, and I could hear the starter engaging, but My friend picked me up within about 15 mins of parking the car, so I didn't a chance to let it sit and try it again, or see if the engine seized.

While the car stalled, there wasn't any warning signs like surging, sputtering or spiking gauges, etc. If that makes any sense. Literally, I felt an immediate loss power, then immediately looked at the cluster, and all the lights were on (oil, temp, fuel, etc.) Then coasted to the safety lane. Before that point, I remember looking at the cluster (normal habit for me to check time on the radio, and then speedometer, etc.), And seeing that temp gauge was normal, fuel OK, but losing the Speedometer.

I did notice that when I started the car (when leaving work) was that it seemed to be idling a little rough, which fluxuated between 500-1000 RPM while stopped.

So, possible seized engine? Timing belt?
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MICHEAL777
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Yep, she was a goner. It appears that the engine didn't seize fully, but was really close, so I had to give her up to an auto recycler. So, now, I have a kia sephia with a possible startr issue. Lol. It just keeos getting better and better it seems, fortunately, I can come to this site and at least get a better idea of what I'm looking at or looking for.
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
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TXODLT
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  • FWD
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My parents own a 1998 Tracer with 108000 miles. The car starts and runs fine until you press the brake in order to shift gears. The car starts to die and if you left off the brake, the car resumes running fine.

Is this due to a ground fault somewhere or what?
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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It sounds like a vacuum problem. Check the vacuum hose to the brake booster and the brake booster itself to see if it will hold vacuum.

Let me know what you find.
Joe
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MICHEAL777
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On the Kia Sephia? (BTW, I used to love my cherokee) I'm pretty sure it's the starter. On ignition, it's pretty sluggish. Alternator checked out (did the ol' removing of the batt cables while running, and it was fine, just replaced the belt yesterday), and looked for blown fuses and relays, and they're good as well. I took the battery in for testing, and it was greenlighted (I checked over the clerk's shoulder). The other reason I suspect that the starter's about to go is that the cables were hot to the touch (not just a little warm, makes me wonder if it's pulling too many amps?) Other than that, when the car is on the road, no major issues so far.
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MICHEAL777
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Whoops, my bad. 1998 Kia Sephia GS, 5spd St, 1.8L DOHC, 109k on the engine/trans. I should've mentioned I cleaned the terminals first, and made sure they were tight. The one thing that perplexes me is that it will start after about an hour, and can be jumped without any major problems (though, the starter still sounds really sluggish).
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MICHEAL777
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No, CEL or anything, it just won't turn over unless you wait a little while, then reattempt. I did get to thinking about the terminal connectors again, and swapped them out with some vetter ones (the originals are flimsy), and seemed a little more responsive, though the starter does still sound a little sluggish. Think maybe I should swap out the cables as well?
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
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HUBBYHW
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  • 1995 MERCURY TRACER
  • 1.8L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 235,000 MILES
Car starts and runs fine for a while. When coming off the highway the interior beeping alarm begins. Even though the seat belts are still fastened, and if I don't instantly shift to neutral and rev the engine, the car dies.
After coming to a stop it starts right back up again. Other than that the car runs perfect. What's up?
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
HMAC300
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Try this first the beeping may be coincidence
http://www.2carpros.com/articles/throttle-actuator-service
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MICHEAL777
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Sorry, my wireless connection is horrible tonight. I tried to post a quick followup to my last one. Yep, there's an immediate reaction from the starter, then a small 10th/second pause, then it engages. Not a Kia guy, so I'm not for sure that's normal.
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MICHEAL777
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During that hour if patience, the starter acts like it wants to turn over, but you can hear the drain on the battery, and still it won't turn over. If left alone, then kicking over the ignition, it seems to have enough juice to engage the starter. I made a quick vid to show what's happening (the audio is a little more important than the video. All apologies in advance for the loud noise the steering column makes when I moved it down.
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 AT 3:16 PM (Merged)
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SKYD5R2
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The vehicle overheats and idles rough and stalls at intersections. Are these problems all related to the radiator or are they two seperate issues?
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