My car is stalling. What can I do to fix it?

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Asked by Dec 22, 2006 at 12:20 PM about the 1997 Volvo 850

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It stalled when I was going 45mph on a busy street.  First, the lights flickered on and off.  Then it died completely: no power brakes or steering!  I shut the car off, and it restarted immediately.  Any idea what this might be?

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And the correct answer to my question was "Take it to TWO mechanics." The first said, "Well, it's an older car...there could be any number of things wrong with it." I asked him to run a diagnostic, and apparently, he didn't have the correct equipment. GReeeeaat... So I took it to the dealer. Good thing. They found my thermostat was stuck open, and replaced an ECT sensor. They also put coolant in it. The total was $240. (OUCH!) They did replace a flange nut and rubber cushion free of charge, as both were in recall 140 from Volvo. All in all, and expensive trip to the mechanic(s), but I do feel much safer now. CarGrr

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