Peterhansel started out the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally in a confident fashion in Bolivia and looked on course for a possible victory but suffered a standstill 129km into the race. He was stuck for a highly costly one hour and 45 minutes, dropping the Peugeot driver down the rankings.
Peterhansel's mishap allowed his rival and teammate Carlos Sainz to move into the lead with an almost eight-minute lead on nearest rival Toyota's Giniel De Villiers.
On the motorbikes, Honda rider Joan Barreda Bort impressed in the race from La Paz to Uyuni. He finished almost three minutes ahead of Yamaha's Adrien Van Beveren with a time of 05:11:10
But the second-place finish for Beveren saw the Frenchman move back into the overall lead after conceding ground to Kevin Benavides.