What Causes a Car to Stall When Accelerating?


Quick Answer

Some of the reasons that a car can stall when accelerating are a defective throttle position sensor, low fuel pressure and spark plugs that need to be replaced. When the "Check engine" light is on, a code scanner can be used to identify the cause more accurately.

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Replacing the spark plugs, distributor caps, fuel filter and air filter should correct most issues that cause a car to stall during acceleration. If the problem does not stop, take the car to a mechanic to look at the fuel management system, throttle position sensor and the mass air flow sensor or to verify the reason for the "Check engine" light.

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