Why Does My Car Shut Off When I Turn?

Hey everyone, I’m at my wit’s end here. My car has been giving me a hard time lately. Every time I make a turn, it just shuts off on me! Seriously, what’s going on? Has anyone else gone through this nightmare? I’m desperate for some answers!


I had the same issue a few months ago, and it was driving me up the wall. I did some deep diving into forums, consulted mechanics, and even did some DIY troubleshooting. I found a short located near the shaft that was the cause.


SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessPersonal ExperienceEstimated Cost (USD)Time Needed (Minutes)
Check Wiring and Connectors25Resolved after checking wiring$0-$5030-60
Check for Short Around Shaft15Fixed after locating a short$0-$10030-60
Check Engine Mounts5Solved after replacing engine mounts$50-$20060-120


  • Car shuts off during turns
  • Loss of power steering
  • Dashboard lights flicker or go off

Possible Causes

  • Electrical shorts
  • Faulty wiring or connectors
  • Bad engine mounts

Check Wiring and Connectors
  • What I Did: Inspected the wiring and connectors around the steering area.
  • Outcome: The car stopped shutting off during turns.
  • Personal Experience: I found a loose connector near the steering column that was causing the issue.
  • Estimated Cost: $0-$50
  • Time Needed: 30-60 minutes


  1. Open the car’s hood and locate the steering column.
  2. Use a flashlight to carefully inspect the wiring and connectors for any visible damage or looseness.
  3. Look for wires that are frayed, discolored, or have exposed copper.
  4. Check the connectors for corrosion or looseness. These are usually clip-on types or secured with screws.
  5. If you find a loose connector, use a pair of pliers to tighten it.

Expert Tip: Always disconnect the battery before working on any electrical components to avoid accidental shocks. Use insulated tools to minimize the risk.

Check for Short Around Steering Shaft
  • What I Did: Checked for an electrical short around the steering shaft.
  • Outcome: The car no longer shuts off when turning.
  • Personal Experience: I found a frayed wire near the steering shaft that was causing a short.
  • Estimated Cost: $0-$100
  • Time Needed: 30-60 minutes


  1. Locate the steering shaft under the hood; it’s usually near the firewall.
  2. Use a multimeter to check for any electrical shorts around the area.
  3. Look for wires that are pinched, frayed, or have exposed copper.
  4. If you find a short, trace the wire back to its source and repair or replace it.

Expert Tip: Electrical shorts can be dangerous and should be addressed immediately to avoid further damage. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, consult a professional.

Check Engine Mounts
  • What I Did: Replaced the faulty engine mounts.
  • Outcome: The car stopped shutting off.
  • Personal Experience: My mechanic pointed out that the engine mounts were worn out, causing the engine to tilt and pull on the wiring.
  • Estimated Cost: $50-$200
  • Time Needed: 60-120 minutes


  1. Lift the car using a hydraulic jack and secure it with jack stands.
  2. Locate the engine mounts, which are usually on either side of the engine.
  3. Use a wrench to remove the bolts holding the mounts in place.
  4. Replace the old mounts with new ones and tighten the bolts securely.

Expert Tip: Worn-out engine mounts can cause a variety of issues, including vibrations and misalignment. Always use high-quality replacement parts to ensure longevity.

Car Models Where This Worked

  • 1995 Lexus ES 300

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