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Starting and quitting problems

Sometimes after a short trip, 10 miles or so, the engine will not start. After about 15 or 20 minutes it will start again and run fine. You never know when this will happen, it may go for days or weeks and not do this again. Recently it has just stopped running while going down the road and sometimes the headlights flash on and off. The problem can never be duplicated at the repair shop and I am at the end of my rope. I will have to get rid of the vehicle if I can't rely on it.

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Initially I would have said check your fuel filter and fuel pump (pressure). As to the lights flashing on and off when this happens, leads me to believe you have a problem with your alarm system if you have installed one, appears that it might be kicking on thus shutting down your vehicle.

Lights flashing on an off happen with the remote pager module. Disconnect the alarm system and see if it happens if it doesnt then you know is that.

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