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Car keeps stalling

My 89 buick regal 3.1 keeps killing when you give it gas the engine is running great and I just put new computer in it and new coil pack

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Have you run the test for computer trouble codes?

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Try changing the coil pack module. im having the same problems. this is my next step.

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A fault code reader would be a huge help in diagnosing general problems.
It plugs in under left side dash and gives specific failure codes (this is what mechanics use).
You can buy an OBD-I code reader (for most cars before 96) or a OBD-II which reads all cars from 1996-on online for $80. It will also reset faults or engine trouble lights.

You may want to check your fuel pressure with a gauge.


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