I took my starter to an Auto store to have it tested and they said it
was fried. I was wondering if a bad starter or bad connection inside
the starter could cause the car to just shut down when it was running.
I know if it goes bad it will just click or just not turn over the
engine but could it cause the car to quit while it was running? I am
going to get a starter but was hoping someone could tell me if that
may solve the problem.
A car just dying while running would never be caused by a defective
starter motor. The make & year sure would be helpful here; assuming it's
a Ford product, an older one could have a bad TFI module on the
distributor, or the IAC valve is gummed-up. Newer years have newer
problems, so state the make & year.
You might think that, but it is not necessarily true. A short in the starter
solenoid can casue a car to stop running mysteriously. A freind had a '95
F150 that would just stop for no apparent reason. Dealership repalced almost
everything. Finally a local guy who worked at the Ford truck plant in
Norfolk suggested replacing the starter, problem solved. Apparently there
was some sort of short in the starter that was casuing the voltage to spike
low, killing the vehicle.
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