Idle dropped in my car to 400-500 rpm and won't move the car forward. What would cause this?

Robert Braecklein

Asked by Sep 16, 2014 at 04:52 PM about the 2005 Suzuki XL-7 LX 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2005 Suzuki XL7 6 cylinder with about 150k miles on it, and all of a sudden, the idle dropped from about 1200 to about 400 and would barely keep running. When i pressed the gas, it would only move maybe 1-2 mph. The engine is making kind of a dinging or clicking sound. When in neutral, it takes some time (3-4 seconds, but i can get the engine to rev up to 4-5k rpm, but in gear, it just won't move.

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If this happen suddenly while driving,you may need to check the timing belt may have jumped,that would explain the noise in engine and lost power.

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