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Old 01-19-2018, 04:01 AM   #1
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Default Car randomly dies if I accelerate too hard

My car randomly shut off about a month ago. The battery and oil light came on then it just went dead. I replaced the old battery and put a new alternator in and the check engine light went off for a few days. So I tried to drive it not like a grandma and the electronics flashed at me but when I just drive slow and regular it's fine but the engine light is on. Then tonight on my way home I pushed the car a little harder than usual and it almost died again. I don't understand why accelerating hard causes my car to die

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Old 01-19-2018, 09:25 AM   #2
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If you don't have your own OBD II code reader, go to your local parts store and get them to pull the code(s). Don't ask for their diagnosis - they just want to sell you stuff. Post back here with what you learn and you will get help.

AutoZone will always read codes for free.

Put the year and model of your car in your next post. If your car is pre-1996, then you don't have OBD II and there is a different way to get codes.

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Old 01-19-2018, 12:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: Car randomly dies if I accelerate too hard

So if your Land Rover (don't know what you're driving) died while driving, replaced the battery and alternator didn't fix the problem, did you at least check these items - drive belt for looseness, battery cables for corrosion?

Anytime the engine dies on its own, the battery and oil light always turns on. It's telling you the engine isn't running just like when you turn the ignition key ON before starting (with more lights - seat belt, brake light, etc).

If you don't care to try retrieving error codes and posting them here for more help, how can anyone help unless you like guesses and delayed troubleshooting with off the wall suggestions.

Put your car stats in your profile to show under your name. Add pertinent info to posts to give anyone a perspective of how old your car is (mileage), what's been done for maintenance and any mods made.

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Old 01-19-2018, 01:01 PM   #4
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Only 4 posts, so at the risk of encouraging bad behavior

'97 SL2
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...89#post2247689

Previous history - possible misfire?
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...94#post2248394

I'm guessing as long as OP drives slowly, no misfire, but driving harder, misfire and stalling? Let's see what OP says

How old are your spark plugs and wires (how many miles since they were last changed)?
Check your oil level and fill regularly?

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Old 01-20-2018, 11:38 AM   #5
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It's giving code p0141

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Old 01-20-2018, 11:43 AM   #6
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I'm not sure about the spark plugs I had the car for about a year and haven't changed them. The belt is tightened just fine I put a new tensioner on a few months back. I also just changed the oil and filter

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Do you have any records (e.g., from teh previous owner, dealership, etc.) that shows the spark plugs /wires have been changed recently?

If not, I would recommend you change them. Then write down the mileage and today's date, and keep it with your records so you know when you need to replace them next.

If you are not doing the work yourself, do not let them talk you into installing platinum (or iridium, etc.) spark plugs. Insist on plain copper-core plugs. Then, when you get teh car home, make sure the spark-plug wires run like this:

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...0&postcount=25

(shops often are not careful about how they line up, and under certain conditions, this can make a difference)

The P0141 is basically emissions control, to make sure your catalytic converter is properly functioning. This will not affect how your car runs

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=146212

You probably want to confirm that we are discussing your '97 SL2

Something else you want to check, look at your ECTS - follow the wiring back and look for tape or shrinkwrap. Its presence will indicate that your ECTS and the connector has been changed in the past. You can see white shrinkwrap on teh wires in this picture. If you see a black wire and yellow wire go as far back as you can trace with no electrical tape or shrinkwrap, you may need to replace your ECTS (will cause stalling, low mpg, hard starting)

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