Why does the engine 'skip' when I'm breaking at a red light?
February 8, 2010 12:08 PM Subscribe
My car 'skips' when I'm stopped at red lights. Please help me try to diagnose what's ailing my sad, old car. YANAM/YANMM.
posted by Lutoslawski to travel & transportation (19 answers total)
I have a 1993 Toyota Camry with 203,000 miles on it.
The weird thing that's happening: when I stop at a red light, pressing the break down, there's like a 'skipping,' is the best way I can explain it. Like while I'm pressing the break the car seems to sort of jump, if you will, sporadically. Sometimes just once, sometimes many times in a row. The car doesn't move forward of course, but it's almost as if it's trying to?
A bit more about the car: About three years ago, I hit a free range cow in Southern Utah. Put a lot of money into the car to fix it, and it's really never been the same.
In the past 3 months I've had 1) new brakes installed; 2) a new radiator and new fans installed; 3) and most recently I had the timing belt/water pump kit replaced.
I was told by the mechanic after the last fix that everything looks good to go and I should be fine to drive it for a couple more years.
Getting a new car at this point is not so much an option. I don't drive it all that much, but I do need it on occasion.
Does anyone know what this weird skipping/catching thing could be? Alternatively, does anyone know a great mechanic in Portland, OR? The same guy has been working on it, and while I really like him, a second opinion might be necessary at this point.
Thank you Hive.