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Engine dies will restart within an hour, battery is fully charged

Battery light comes on first, engine lags, tachometer stops working, headlights dim, then all other dash lights flash then go out, then engine dies.
does this car run on magnetos?

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  • bone chillin Jan 29, 2009

    I was driving down the highway passing a semi with a full tank of gas when all the dashlights flashed and the engine died.  I retained power steering until I could pull to the side of the highway.  After a roadside assistance call and a tow to a small town garage, the mechanic on duty checked the fuel pressure with an old fashioned pressure gauge.  The fuel pump only had 8 pounds pressure.  I believe the range should be between 38 and 45.  After sitting overnight, the pressure was back up to 55 pounds pressure.  SATURN would not authorize a repair under warranty and we were forced to drive 225 km back to an authorized dealer.  When they ran a computer diagnostics, the computer chip which stores engine codes had been wiped clean!!  When they checked the fuel pressure, it was 48 pounds.  They believe either the small town mechanic was able to wipe the computer chip with his old fashioned pressure gauge or that we simply ran out of gas.  The small town mechanic believes the fuel pump is faulty and needs to be replaced.  Unless we break down and get stranded again and unless SATURN is able to find a computer error logged, they refuse to do anything.  I'm curious to know what they'd do if they were left stranded in 30 below weather with 3 kids!!!

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Have the Crankshaft Position Sensor located on firewall side of engine checked. it went on my SL2

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Check the starter

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