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1993 400sel will not stay running more than 2 seconds

I replaced the engine with the same kind started it up and it cut off in 2 seconds i try to start it back but it will not start until the plugs are dry and it will run for 2 seconds and cut back off i have put new plugs in dist.caps i have very good fuel pressure i dont know what else to do could you please help me thanking you in advance

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I have run into this problem on engine swaps before, it is usually an antitheft issue, relearn the antitheft system and you should be fine. you will need a factory (or equivalent) scanner.

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The car requires a computer diagnostic i'm affraid


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    have checked the idling speed? it might be higher than norm

    run a trouble code retrieval test on the fuel injection computer?? Try disconnecting the MAF sensor and see if it runs better, if it does then the problem is with the MAF sensor, the MAF is in the air intake hose to the engine, fairly big with a multi-wire connector on it.

    There could be a massive engine vacuum leak or a stuck open idle air control valve,
    vacuum leak is more likely, that would account for any high idle.

    check the ignition switch, sounds like the fuel pump run
    circuit is not working, there are 2 ways the pump gets power, when it
    cranks it gets power from one set of ignition switch contacts, when it
    starts and you let go of crank the the fuel pump gets power from a diff
    set of ign switch contacts, the switched comes apart
    where it is crimped togearher and causes this problem, the engine will
    run a short time until the fuel in the lines is used up and then stall.

    hope this hepls




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Getting no power to fuel pump fuse no power to ignition fuse

no engine stated.!

fuses good,? 12vdc on both sides key on?

spark good on all cylinders.??????????

this is first. not fuel, fuel is dead last.

if above is ok the engine runs on test fuel.

if the engine runs for say 3 seconds on test fuel, and SOUNDS

great, that means the spark and engine are ok, leaving>?


easy , right?

if true all that, then the scan tool is next.

wont buy one,? like most here? (you cant fix cars with no scan tool)

make up or buy a NOID lamp. (a small 12vdc lamp)

see if the injectors are all firing.

if not, the PCM is cutting fuel.

if the injectors fire (electric pulse) then it may be fuel relay not closing.

did you check for 12vdc (11vdc min) at the pump? cranking

you must crank it and check,

there are 3 kinds of cars. (we assume last)

1: pump runs keyon, full time, (illegal now)

2: pump runs for 3 seconds, and stops keyon, (for priming only)

3: runs only cranked, (most cars) and runs running engine.

see that logic there?

some cars cut pump and injection with no spark. ( to cut fires)

this logic is inside the PCM brain, called firmware.

just assume the car is smarter and use #3 above. on all cars

and I win..

the scan tool will show errors cranked for 5 seconds.

does it?

now why i cant leave generic help and answer specifcially

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open hood , look up see EPA sticker there and engine type?

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