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Why does my range rover shut off when I put it in park?

Why does my range rover shut off when I put it in park?

There are numerous sensors and functions in modern vehicles that help your car run smoothly. Knowing the basics about your vehicle can help you deal with mechanical issues, such as your car turning off while driving. What, however, could cause a car to shut down while driving? While this list provides an overview of the most common symptoms, it is far from all of them. 

Here's are three most common reasons as to why your car shuts down while driving:

  • Might be your Rover’s driver exit feature.

The driver exit feature is only active after an auto stop and the engine is turned off. The car works by detecting when a driver is not present to prevent the car from being accidentally left in a drivable state. If this happens, the system automatically turns off the ignition system. If necessary, the car can be locked after the ignition is turned off. Check out LOCK CONFIRMATION.

If you select Drive (D), Sport (S), or Neutral (N), the driver exit function turns off the vehicle's ignition if any of the following criteria exist:

  1. The seat belt on the driver is unbuckled, and;
  2. The brake pedal has been released.

If the driver exit feature is set to Park (P), the car's ignition is turned off if the driver's seat belt is unbuckled.

  • You might have a defective fuel pump or fuel supply system.

A fuel pump delivers the appropriate amount of gasoline to the engine's fuel injectors. If the fuel pump fails to deliver the correct amount of gasoline to the engine, the engine will shut down and you will be stranded. If the fuel filter becomes clogged, the amount of fuel entering the system is insufficient, as well as the engine shuts down. Fortunately, replacing a fuel filter is simple. If your car shuts down while driving but immediately restarts, it could be due to a faulty fuel pump.

  • You may just have an empty fuel tank.

If you have enough fuel for your trip, that is great, but if one's fuel gauge or fuel level sender has failed and does not display the true fuel level in your vehicle, you could be in big trouble. To see if one's fuel gauge or fuel level sensor is malfunctioning, fill 1 gallon (4 liters) of fuel and see if it starts.

When your car shuts down while driving on the roadside, it can be extremely inconvenient because the problem can be difficult to identify at times. Fortunately, modern automobiles include built-in diagnostic systems that can be utilized to determine what is wrong with your vehicle. As a result, before further diagnosing your vehicle, you should always begin by trying to read the error codes with a diagnostic tool.

Here at Oceanside Motorsports, we can find out what’s wrong with our diagnostic testing to ensure you’re only spending money on what needs to be fixed. Most repairs of these items are covered under our lifetime warranty.


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