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supertecht
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Nov 14, 2012, 3:33 PM

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Hi everyone,

I have a 2007 Ford Mustang V6 which has not been driven a lot. It is my summer fun car and it has been winter stored every year. It has around 30,000 KM's on it and it has been serviced accordingly and I have not had any issues to date.

About a week ago, while I was driving, all of the lights in the instrument panel turned on and the card completely stalled (engine off, no acceleration). I'm a computer techie so the first thing that popped into my head was to "restart it" as I was in moving traffic. I quickly put the car into park, turned the ignition off, and then turn it back on.... This got it working and I drove to my destination which was about 15 KM's away without any issues. About 8 days went buy without any issues and the problem occurred again. I'm not a mechanic but it looks like the car is losing complete communication to it's computer and deciding to malfunction / fail.

Before I take it to a bodyshop (probably Ford), I wanted to get some feedback from the pros.

Thanks in advance.


Hammer Time
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Nov 14, 2012, 4:03 PM

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Although there is a lot of computer power on this vehicle, it's not what you're used to. Nothing boots up or reloads. Your engine stalled and restarted right back up so you are going to have a very difficult time diagnosing it because someone has to determine what functions dropped out at the moment it stalled.



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supertecht
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Nov 14, 2012, 4:13 PM

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Thanks for your reply.

The engine did not start back up by itself, like it said, I had to put the car into park, turn off the ignition and turn it back on.


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Nov 14, 2012, 4:17 PM

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Turning the key on and off did nothing. If you kicked it up to neutral, it would have started while you were still rolling.



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supertecht
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Nov 14, 2012, 4:43 PM

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It's an AT transmission, don't I roll over neutral before getting to Park? Wouldn't have that started it back up? I will try to drop it in their next time for a few seconds if it happens again ... hoping that there is no car speeding behind be like the last 2x.


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Nov 14, 2012, 5:08 PM

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The starter will engage in either Park or Neutral. Neutral is the next notch above Drive and all shifters are designed with detents and lockouts so if you merely bump the shifter without pressing the button, it will stop at Neutral. This can be done while the car is still rolling.



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supertecht
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Nov 19, 2012, 8:06 AM

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The starter will engage in either Park or Neutral. Neutral is the next notch above Drive and all shifters are designed with detents and lockouts so if you merely bump the shifter without pressing the button, it will stop at Neutral. This can be done while the car is still rolling.


The car hasn't stall on me again so I'm still keeping an eye on it. By the way, while the vehicle is moving, the gear shifter is LOCKED and will NOT move to any other gear unless you press the button.


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 19, 2012, 8:22 AM

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Shift lock is probably not related to it stalling out.

Just a note on storing a car for a season: Decide if you can to leave battery attached or remove it before a list of things you really should do for many things used seasonally. Fuel can be treated, if power where you store it use a battery maintainer that will automatically come on and shut off to keep battery charge at full charge. Keep track of how old a battery is not just how much use or distance (KMs/Miles) it has run.

Seems like a nice low 'mile' car for summer fun but both fuel and battery need attention for the best luck. Said there are an assortment of things to do that help. IMO #1 best is to actually take it for a drive if at all possible for the situation periodically off season. Can make a check list of things to do depending on how long you want or need to store it with the least troubles,

T


supertecht
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Nov 19, 2012, 8:40 AM

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Shift lock is probably not related to it stalling out.

Just a note on storing a car for a season: Decide if you can to leave battery attached or remove it before a list of things you really should do for many things used seasonally. Fuel can be treated, if power where you store it use a battery maintainer that will automatically come on and shut off to keep battery charge at full charge. Keep track of how old a battery is not just how much use or distance (KMs/Miles) it has run.

Seems like a nice low 'mile' car for summer fun but both fuel and battery need attention for the best luck. Said there are an assortment of things to do that help. IMO #1 best is to actually take it for a drive if at all possible for the situation periodically off season. Can make a check list of things to do depending on how long you want or need to store it with the least troubles,

T


Absolutely, even during the winter, I fire it up and drive it for 15-30 minutes indoors or just around the block.


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Nov 19, 2012, 9:17 AM

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Good to plain drive it if you can. By that you change position of tires and would use brakes which helps too. Would still suggest the battery maintainer. Here they are about $25US and totally worth it. Anything with a battery of my own has one if not in regular use. Even a dang generator which you just know wouldn't start if ignored for ages between the time you may need it.

This car being a 2007 suggests you may be dealing with the original battery so do check it. It's too old if so even if it still works it about can't have close to it's original capacity.

30,000 KMs is quite low use for too many wear out things but your shift problem may be as silly as your brake lights are not working dependably or at all. Can't say for each model of what but the idea is to sense that you are applying the brake before shifting and sensing brake lights would be and has been the easy way to design for that.

Check out what you are getting for fuel. Saying kilometers suggests not in the US so I couldn't guess what is in fuel you buy. Now common use of ethanol does not age well. Even without you should use a stabilizer for even more than a few months. Seems to work as I've been doing it forever with assorted seasonal things including cars.

Can't know yet but for the stalling it may be confused by a long term sleep or throttle body could use cleaning. Could be assorted other reasons and too early if it just quits doing that with some use quickly. If that continued a good code reading would help.

Hey - one more while here is to make sure where you leave it that critters are not chewing on things. Any evidence of that take all measures to stop that. Wiring seems to be a favorite diet (who knows why) for some and a nightmare to fix in some cases,

T


supertecht
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Nov 19, 2012, 9:20 AM

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Good to plain drive it if you can. By that you change position of tires and would use brakes which helps too. Would still suggest the battery maintainer. Here they are about $25US and totally worth it. Anything with a battery of my own has one if not in regular use. Even a dang generator which you just know wouldn't start if ignored for ages between the time you may need it.

This car being a 2007 suggests you may be dealing with the original battery so do check it. It's too old if so even if it still works it about can't have close to it's original capacity.

30,000 KMs is quite low use for too many wear out things but your shift problem may be as silly as your brake lights are not working dependably or at all. Can't say for each model of what but the idea is to sense that you are applying the brake before shifting and sensing brake lights would be and has been the easy way to design for that.

Check out what you are getting for fuel. Saying kilometers suggests not in the US so I couldn't guess what is in fuel you buy. Now common use of ethanol does not age well. Even without you should use a stabilizer for even more than a few months. Seems to work as I've been doing it forever with assorted seasonal things including cars.

Can't know yet but for the stalling it may be confused by a long term sleep or throttle body could use cleaning. Could be assorted other reasons and too early if it just quits doing that with some use quickly. If that continued a good code reading would help.

Hey - one more while here is to make sure where you leave it that critters are not chewing on things. Any evidence of that take all measures to stop that. Wiring seems to be a favorite diet (who knows why) for some and a nightmare to fix in some cases,

T


Sorry, there is no shifting problem, please read the original post. Also, the battery has been changed 2x since I've had the car.


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 19, 2012, 9:33 AM

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Quote">>The car hasn't stall on me again so I'm still keeping an eye on it. By the way, while the vehicle is moving, the gear shifter is LOCKED and will NOT move to any other gear unless you press the button.<<"

I took that, that you had to do some trick other than normal to shift out of park for example. Pushing a button would be normal anyway wouldn't it? This isn't the issue IMO so far at all - T

PS: You don't need to "quote" for a reply - just select "reply" as you should see what was written in post before it........


supertecht
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Nov 19, 2012, 9:41 AM

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As a general rule, you read the entire post before responding to the last thing you read in a forum. I think there is an electronic problem with the car, something may be shorting as it completely shuts down and every light comes on in the instrument panel while I'm driving.


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 19, 2012, 9:55 AM

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What do you mean every light on instrument panel comes on? If engine stalled for any reason it would light up warning lights, the same lights as if you just turned key to run without making it start. That alone isn't abnormal if just that. Stalling is certainly not normal. If just once after a long time I would forget it without other obvious symptoms or problems,

T


supertecht
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Nov 19, 2012, 10:10 AM

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I mean all of the warning lights come on in the instrument cluster (every single one) as soon as I lose acceleration power and it doesn't move (all happens while driving).


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 19, 2012, 11:52 AM

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I could be confused as to what lights are coming on when but as said already ANY time engine stalls, is about to stall, low RPM below norms for any dang reason you would lose power steering, one more shot for power brakes, and since engine isn't running you don't have oil pressure, alternator isn't putting out so the lights would come on.

If not my misunderstanding you, you may forget if it never happened that, that would be normal for that situation same with the shifting. All that is normal to me except that it can stumble and stall so concentrate on WHY it does that and that alone.

Side note: I am not here all the time nor anyone else so responses can be quite late. Regulars are all volunteers with assorted time for this stuff. Others can jump in if something is left unattended for too long.

Right now as said above all I can see is this car stalls or how often not so sure and the reaction of lights and restarting it would be normal so again FIX WHY it stalls first,

T






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