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Car Doctor | My car is revving very high and keeps stalling when I come to a stop

2020-02-28 07:00

Janine Van der Post

Car rev counter needle displays a rising engine sp

Image: Getty Images / George Clerk

Kelvin Erasmus has written in to the Wheels24 Car Doctor about his car which is revving too high and also keeps stalling when he comes to a stop. 

Wheels24 reader Kelvin Erasmus says: "I have a 2005 Ford Fiesta Duratech. The vehicle is revving very high when I start it up (3000rpm). However after a couple of seconds the revs would come done to about 1200 rpm and would stay there.

"Also, whenever I drive the car and come to a stop, the car stalls every time. I have been taken this to a mechanic but still the problems persist. Please help."

Our Car Doctor, Paul Kasker says: "This could be a possible air leak, or most probably a faulty idle stabilizer which is a common occurrence. 

Wheels24's Janine Van der Post says: "It sounds like it could also be a timing issue. Perhaps get a second opinion from a different workshop or mechanic since the problem has not been solved."



Do you have a mechanical problem with your vehicle? Email us and send your questions for the Wheels24 Car Doctor.



Paul Kasker has more than 25 years experience as a mechanic. He has been working on cars since the age of 14, and built his first conversion at only 18-years-old. He opened his Maitland Auto Clinic workshop in 1997.

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