I turned onto the on-ramp to get on the highway and the engine died
instantly. There was no coughing or hesitation, it just stopped.
I tried to restart it repeatedly, but didn't even get a click. It was
like trying to start with it in gear.
There were some other symptoms. ALL of the panel lights normally
come on when you first turn on the ignition, but most of them go off
after 1-2 second. In this case they all stayed on and the odometer
changed to "- - - - - " and nothing else seemed to work.
I pushed the car well off the road and started fiddling to try to start
it. It started immediately.
Since that was a dangerous situation, I took it in to the dealer. It
(of course ;>) didn't act up while in the shop, but they did the fuel pump
recall at no charge.
In the week since, it has stalled twice. I was inching forward to back into
a parking stall when it died last night. I tried several times to start it.
By the time I pushed it into the stall, it was back to normal again and
I was a bit dubious about the "fuel pump module" recall because of the
anomalies in the instrument panel displays.
I had an ignition switch problem about six months ago and ended up
having to replace the steering column. Since that time (whether or not
these are connected)
I have had several other "instrument cluster incidents" which did not result
in stalling. The glitches were associated with the radio suddenly going
dead. That hardly qualifies as "life threatening", but again the problem
soon "fixed itself". There was also an issue with the transponder keys
not working intermittently.
Any ideas as to what the common factor is in all of these symptoms?