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93 Chrysler Le Baron Dying

My Mom & Dad have a 93 Chrysler LeBaron; auto on the column, V6........My mother needs a car, because they just put Dad in the nursing home. Of course, the car started having problems 2 days after Dad was put in the home. They are older people, in their mid 70's, and they have only fixed things on the car once they've absolutely needed it.
The car dies after it has run a little while. It will start up again-when it feels like it.
So, it dies after it gets warm; starts up after it cools down a little. Mom said last time it died, it blew out a big cloud of white smoke out the exhaust pipe. They had a cat. convertor put in it 4 1/2 years ago, but since they don't drive over 40 mph, I am thinking it could be the convertor again. We don't have a Chrysler dealer in town, so, any ideas? I used to be a chev parts manager, but not Chrysler. Does this car have a trans control module? Could that be it? Or , could it be the convertor?
Any help would be great...Thanks,
How many sensors could manke this puppy die?

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I'm not a mechanic, but your story sounded so familiar I thought I would reply. My Dad's 94 Dodge Spirit V6 (same car basically) behaved exactly the same as your LeBaron, to the extent that he was tired of being left stranded and no longer felt comfortable driving the car. The car was otherwise well-maintained and in great shape, so I was frustrated too. After a lot of digging and reading forums on the internet and chatting with a neighborhood mechanic, one suggestion that kept coming up was the pickup coil (Hall Effect sensor) located in the distributor. Apparently this was an occasional problem with these cars, and would not necessarily show up in a diagnostic.I priced one out at a parts store and recall it was a couple hundred bucks...too much for an iffy experiment. But, they were kind enough to print me a picture of it from their parts book. I went to a self-serve auto wrecker and snatched one from the distributor of another car (a 95 Acclaim with the same 3.0 V6). They charged me $5 for it. Anyway, I exchanged it with the one in my Dad's Spirit. That was a couple of years ago, and the car has never given him trouble since. If you are still fighting this problem you could always give this a try.


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Yes it could be the cat. they get warm and then shut the car down til cool. let it run or drive it til it cuts off then look under the car to see if the cat gets bright orange. if it does then its bad again.

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