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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-02-2020, 07:19 PM Thread Starter

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Restarting After Stalling

Occasionally I will stall in first gear while slowly driving uphill into my garage to park. The car has been running normally and the engine is thoroughly warmed. If I turn the key to restart and it doesn't turn over on that first attempt, it will often be tricky to start again. The engine cranks and tries to start but sometimes it takes 2 or 3 attempts. Cold starting is never a problem.

2008 with 6500 miles, new battery, everything else perfect. I admittedly don't drive it a lot but I do get it out 4-5 times a week to exercise. I have never had the car tuned up (or anything else performed other than oil/fluid changes, tires, etc.).

I understand the correct answer is "Don't stall" ... but seriously, and suggestions?
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When you stall the engine like that you can flood the engine a bit because several injectors may bleed off fuel, or fuel already in the cylinder is not burned. A number of spark plugs may get wet and take a few cranks to flash off. If it restarts in 2 or 3 cranks that's OK. If it's really badly flooded you will have to hold the gas pedal all the way down and crank until it clears and revs up. Hope this helps.
Oh yeah, and don't stall.
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Good question Chris, could be fuel starvation as well?


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Only 6500 miles. That means the car sits a lot. With todays ethanol gas, is suspect you have water in the tank. That is the big problem with ethanol. The ethanol will bond with the water and separate from the gas if it sits long enough.

As already pointed out, first thing is to change the filter and then drive the car until empty. If you can find it (it is available in VA), fill up with non-Ethanol gas. After that tank, you should be back to normal.

With the limited driving you apparently do, I highly suggest you add fuel stabilizer that is designed to treat ethanol.
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Another good suggestion Jack, sometimes you have to think Zebras and not horses.


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