My 2004 Toyota Tacoma died today while driving - the electrical continued to work but the engine…

mattwithatacoma

My 2004 Toyota Tacoma died today while driving - the electrical continued to work but the engine shut off completely (check engine light, oil gauge and the temp gauge all lit up with it).

After a few minutes, the first attempt to start the car up worked and it seems to be running fine.

Just as a bit of background, the truck began running strangely in the morning. The RPMs at idle were well above 2000. The truck would lurch through a brake and pick up momentum rapidly when stepping off the brake pedal. I drove it to my first stop. When heading home an hour later is when the engine died.

The car was serviced at Toyota relatively recently. The only real repair needed that I haven't gotten to yet is a spark plug replacement and the battery should be close to due. But the electrical staying on and restart make me think it isn't the battery.

By running fine after the restart as mentioned above, I mean even the idle RPMs are around normal now and the braking difficulties are gone. I just feel like the truck's a ticking time bomb to die again.

Looking it up online, the problem may be a faulty cam shaft position sensor (CPS); I just ordered the scanner to pull codes to know for sure.

I just want to see if anyone here has had a similar problem, and what the solution ultimately was. Could high idle RPMs and braking problems be linked with a faulty CPS?

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Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer

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often a weak alternator does that, test it first