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#2790 of 2924 2005 Mustang Stalls
Jun 03, 2009 (2:27 pm)
I have read some of the previous postings here and discovered people are having the same problem I'm having with my 2005 Mustang. However most of the postings are very old and I'm looking to see if anyone has had any success with this particular issue:
I have a 2005 Mustang, V6 4.0L with manual. The first occurrence of stalling was about 2 years ago when I stopped at a stop sign. The car stalled and wouldn't restart after many attempts. I called a tow truck and waited. After about 15 minutes, I tried to start the car again, and it fired right up. The next day I brought it to a Ford dealer and they replaced the fuel pump.
Later in the year, the car started stalling again at lights and stop signs. However it would always re-start right away. Again, I brought it to the dealer, and they said they couldn't find anything wrong.
I'm now on year three of this intermittent problem and it seems to be occurring more frequently now. It stalled about a dozen times during a 25 mile trip yesterday. However, I made the same trip today and I didn't have an issue. The dealer today said they couldn't find anything wrong, and they even called the ford hot line.
Each time the issue has been the same, stalling (probably because of low idle) while the clutch is engaged at a stop. However one time, the worst, it happened while slowing to make a left turn. It stalled and left me in the oncoming traffic lane. And this time it wouldn't restart! This was about 2 weeks ago. As this was happening, I glanced at the instrument panel and discovered the car was in "fail safe" mode. It probably gave an error code, but because oncoming traffic was about to smash into me, I dont remember other details. I pushed the car to the side and it restarted about 10 minutes later.
Since that time, the battery was disconnected for a new stereo install, so the code was probably wiped from the computer. Chances of getting an error code again are slim, and until I get one, Ford is in denial.
Anyone have any suggestions or similar experiences? I can't find a pattern. A|C on or off, speed, heat, length of trip. All these have varied.
#2791 of 2924 Passive Praise!!
Jun 17, 2009 (6:45 am)
From an Edmunds article about the Z51 Corvette:
...But wait, 67.9 mph? You'll note that this isn't even as fast as the solid-axle-equipped 2010 Mustang GT which manages 68.4 mph in the slalom. And this, friends, is hard to fathom. We put it down to a disheartening yaw response which we've experienced in other C6 Corvettes, namely the Z06. The Vette is simply unnerving in fast transitions or any corner that isn't perfectly smooth. And it shouldn't be.
Nor does it stop as short as it should. At 110 feet from 60 mph, it's outperformed by the less expensive, less sophisticated Mustang. And, again, it shouldn't be. ...
Very nice compliment!
#2792 of 2924 Re: 2005 Mustang Stalls [fastdogs]
Jul 18, 2009 (6:08 pm)
I am having the exact same problem with my 2005 GT. The only difference is that mine have an automatic transmission. My local Ford dealer has told the same thing, that they cannot find anything wrong. May we need to contact our regional Ford director. Yes you are right there is no set pattern to this problem.
#2793 of 2924 Re: 2005 Mustang Stalls [gmac429]
Jul 19, 2009 (9:18 am)
I have an update. I drive the same route to work everyday but I dont always take the same car, but my dealer suggested I keep a log of when the problem happens. So for about a month I took the mustang consistently and found a pattern.
I fill the take at a gas station near my home and drive about 45 minutes to work by highway with minimal stop lights. When I drive home, about 15 minutes into the same route back, I hit a series of lights, if I miss the lights and have to press down on the clutch, the car stalls. My tank is about 7/8ths full. It will now stall every time I press the clutch, even when shifting! It continues until I get home, which is about another 30 minutes.
If I make the lights on the return home, I dont have the problem. It only happens at 7/8ths of a take and for that one journey. When I get home, cool the car, it runs fine.
Recently, the symptoms got much worse. It would stall and not restart. I would have to pull aside for 15 minutes and chug home. It would sputter and the failsafe light went on. The last time it happened, was the first time the failsafe light came on for stalling and the "not starting" problem was by far the worst.
I brought it to the dealership and the computer codes told them it was the throttle sensor. They replaced that, and broke the throttle body bolt. (thats another story).
Anyway, the car came out running better than it was when it was new. It performs much better now so obviously there has always been something wrong with the sensor.
That said, I have not filled the tank yet and driven my route to work since it was fixed. So I dont know if they fixed the stalling issue or not. Since the last episode had many distinctive symptoms different from the original stalling issue, I doubt its fixed. I think it has something to do with the fuel tank. The 2005 mustang has alot of TSB's regarding the tank.
Fortunately my car has the extended warranty so I only had to pay a $100, plus I got those damn door handles fixed. Another TSB for those and they way they dont sit flush.
I will update you if the problem happens again.
#2794 of 2924 Re: 2005 Mustang Stalls [fastdogs]
Jul 19, 2009 (4:28 pm)
Thanks fastdogs. I was waiting to hear that key word, throttle sensor. I had a strange feeling that the throttle sensor could be the problem. I dropped prower to my car last night by disconnecting the battery. This evening after reconnecting the battery and driving it for about 1 hr the car ran fine. Not sure if this solved the probem but I will let you know. Thanks for the update fastdogs.
#2795 of 2924 Re: 2005 Mustang Stalls [fastdogs]
Jul 29, 2009 (8:03 am)
Hey fastdogs. I have an update for you. I had my local Ford dealership replace the TPS sensor and you are abolutely correct It my a world of difference. The car has more power, the throttle response 100% better and I think that the mpg has increased. Thanks partner. Keep the Stangs rolling.
#2796 of 2924 Re: 2005 Mustang Stalls [gmac429]
Jul 29, 2009 (11:10 am)
Thats great to hear. I have filled up my tank and so far no problems, so my theory is shot. It looks like it was the sensor after all.
I think I'm getting a lot better mileage too. Its like a new car. Thanks for the update.
#2799 of 2924 Has anyone heard of this problem with the 2005 mustang
Aug 03, 2009 (4:38 am)
When I shut the overdrive off today all of a sudden the whole computer rebooted while I was doing at least 25-30 MPH, however the car kept running. at first I thought loose battery cable, but I again turned the overdrive off and again the system shut down and rebooted. After figuring some of what was going on I quit turning the overdrive off and the car ran fine all the way home. This is on a 2005 Ford Mustang V.6