mustang wont stay running when put in gear

Asked by Dec 31, 2012 at 08:31 PM about the 2000 Ford Mustang Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car runs fine when it is idling but when i go to put it in gear it spitts and sputters and shutts off. and
will start back up but does the same thing again.Any help plz. Check the filter and battery and
alternator and fuel pump work so not sure any help plz thank you

2 Answers


Check for vaccum leaks. When was the last time your replaced the plugs and replaced filters? Clean the throttle body , IAC and MAF recently?


Is your check engine light on? sputtering could be a number of things, including the type of gas you're using (which wont trigger a check engine light), try to use some SeaFoam (its like $7 - $8) in your gas tank next time... it will have a trail of white smoke for the first few minutes of use, but it should clear out a good portion of the system.. you can pour it in your gas tank, oil and even let your vacuum lines suck it up.. give that a try first and see how that treats your Mustang.

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