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Cirrus Stalling With Check Engine Light On did not come on the first time it happened

Bought car with 118,000 miles on it. Ran great for the first day. Overheated and stalled out, wanted to still run could tell. Had the fuel filter changed and car ran great for another 40-45 minutes. Got car home and got in later to check it out, car started and ran fine then hit the ac button and car started chugging again and stalled and ran like that for the rest of the night, this is when check engine light came on with it running poorly(barely running). started car today, runs great again no check engine light on. What is going on?? can't rely on this car at all to stay running well, any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Sophiealley Sep 17, 2008

    Are there any other ideas on this... would the water pump cause it to run great sometimes and then die out at other times?? This is an intermittent problem, we can't even get anyone to look at it when it is running bad because by the time we have someone to look at it, it's already running good again. Does a bad water pump cause the check engine light to come on and make it(the engine)clunk when stalling out?

  • Sophiealley Sep 17, 2008

    There is no check engine light on when it is running well and if the car is running bad we can't drive it anywhere because it doesn't stay running. This is the dilema... how do you fix something that isn't broken all the time.

  • Sophiealley Sep 17, 2008

    do you have any idea how much a crank sensor would cost??

  • Sophiealley Sep 17, 2008

    where is the mass air flow sensor located so i can try what you suggest the next time it goes on the fritz....

  • Sophiealley Sep 25, 2008

    The problem was the fuel pump.... car it running great now. Thanks so much for your help!!

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Your car does not have a crankshaft position sensor.

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I believe your looking now at a crank sensor problem... seeing as its an analouge signal, the PCM would point you toward the ignition modual because its not getting a signal so it's not firing... when the casing of the crank sensor gets hot, it expands and stops working, when it cools down it contracts and works again... it will work fine once you change that.. i hope that helps for any further queries feel free to ask.
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You can get the check engine light information read for free at places like AutoZone. This may give you a clue as to what the issues are with the car.

Possiblities that I can see are:

1. EGR Valve (Clogged and needing replacement) (usually less than $5)
2. Oxygen Sensor (Not throttling fuel mixture to lean when warm) (Usually less than $50)
3. Several cooling system possbilities (thermostat, coolant level, Cooling fan)

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Get the water pump checked.

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    Legin Varghese Sep 17, 2008

    There seem many issue with the car get the following checked.

    Waterpump

    Radiator

    Fuel Pump

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Your problem sounds like it may be a Mass Air Flow sensor, when it does run bad disconnect the sensor, if the engine starts running ok the sensor is bad, this would be the most common reason for your problem and why it is only intermittent. As far as the overheat do you have a coolant leak?

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  • dave Jul 23, 2013

    would it keep the car from turning over at all

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