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post #1 of 12 Old 04-23-2007, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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car shuts off..?

hey guys does anyone have any idea what might be wrong with my car. i will be driving (in any gear) and it will seem like it cuts out for a sec then back on almost like it is dying out. i actually have had it die on me a few time when i was driving it. my dad thinks the distributer is bad so i thought i would ask u all first. its and 01 stang 5 speed stick. open to all ideas and suggestions! thanks
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Well to be honest an intermittent problem like that could literally be hundreds of things. I'm not sure if the '01 a crank sensor or a pickup in the distributor, but it could technically be either one of those, or a possible fuel problem.
You may want to see if you can find somebody to scan your computer for codes, and hopefully it'll point you in the right direction.

Unfortunately things like this wind up going until they give up completely.
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do you think that maybe the fuel sending unit could cause that?
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The fuel tank sending unit (unless you're referring to something else) is used for the fuel gauge only. It shouldn't have anything to do with the car shutting off.
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When was the last time the fuel filter was changed out? This could cause the car to fade out...... Also, if it's the fuel pump, you should be able to hear it hum with the key on.

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to tell ya the truth i dont even know if the fuel filter has even been changed i just bought this car a couple of months ago and it was wrecked when i bought it. do you think the wreck could have hurt the fuel filter or pump? i think who ever had it ran it off the road and it was hit in the front end.
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so if you can here the fuel pump hum then it is bad?
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Not necessarily, it's actually quite common for the fuel pump of a Mustang to hum. I've actually had times where I've installed a brand new pump and it hummed. The best way to check a fuel pump is with a fuel pressure gauge. Most auto shops can do it for you in a matter of minutes.
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awesome thanks man
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not that it really matters anymore but i fixed the stang! who ever had it before me when they wrecked ran it off the road and it dented the gas tank in. well this means the ring that holds the fuel pump in place was snaped in two as well as my fuel pump. so with that combination causing the low fuel pressure it made it studder and someetimes shut off. Case closed!
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