I was getting into the ramp to get into a very bussy hwy in Toronto (400) and suddenly my van dyes on me, what scary moment, no power stering, I have to react quickly and I manage to start it again while runing and it did start and the engine light came on, this was saturday night, and then now the light is off and the van is running fine, also I noticed that the fuel gauge was going up and down all night ( my car was with a full tank) but the needle just start going to empty and the beeping alarm when is low on fuel was on and off. now this fuel gauge is ok. Please can anyone tell me what is going on ? I left my van parked since may and I just start using it again last week, could be because of that? I have 205.000 Km. I just did the emission and was perfect, it passed it.
Thanks for your comments.
I'm no expert, but what you're saying leads me to believe you have a bad battery and/or bad connection to the battery. You said the service engine soon (SES) light came on when the engine quit, but when you were able to restart it, the light went out. The SES light means the computer has stored a code, and normally the light won't go out on its own until 40 warm up cycles have completed and the problem hasn't reoccurred. However, you can clear the codes by disconnecting the battery and reconnecting it (not recommended normally), but this could explain why the light went out - your battery is giving an intermittent connection. This may also explain why your fuel gauge went a little whacky. Did everything else shut off too like your radio, etc.?
Has the van been parked since May with the battery connected? Usually battery terminals corrode pretty quickly - disconnect them, and clean them thoroughly with a fine grit sandpaper or steel wool, and take a look around for any heavily corroded grounding wires under the hood and clean them up. That would be what I would look at first - always want to help a fellow GTA'er!
The light came out after it shut off, I had taken my battery to canadian Tire 3 weeks ago to check it up and they said it was good. sometimes it stall and the light come on and sometimes shut off and the light comes on, it stays on for a couple of days and then off again like nothing happen. I just need to find oput what is wrong I do not want to get stock in winter time with it. some body said it may be a tps has a fault conection, do you know where is this located it ? thanks for the info.!
What is the TPS? If it happens again, and the light stays on, I'd go directly to a mechanic to get them to scan the computer to tell you what code is showing up. It might be a computer malfunction - I have read of people having that problem on here. I would go under the hood, and look closely for every electrical connection I see and check for a good secure connection. Hopefully someone here has some input on this!