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What's wrong with a car when you put in drive, and it stalls out?

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When a car is in drive and stalls out, it usually means there is an absence of fuel or spark, a faulty fuel pump or alternator, or some other mechanical failure within the engine itself. There are a number of methods available for testing the problem behind the stalling.

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If the accelerator pedal is pressed to the floor and the engine still stalls or dies out completely, most commonly this is a result of lack of fuel. In this case, it is necessary to either tow the vehicle to a gas station for a fill-up or to call for roadside assistance to have emergency fuel delivered.

If there is black smoke rising from the rear tailpipe of the car, this could indicate either a lack of fuel or lack of a spark from the car's spark plug.

If the car stalls out but starts right back up immediately, the problem might be electrical. In this case, it is recommended to consult a mechanic or dealer to analyze the exact nature of the electrical issue.

If the car stalls out and then restarts right back up after giving it a few minutes without power, this is usually indicative of a bad fuel pump, and the part might need replacing.

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