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My engine is cranking and turn on for a second but then turns off

The engine cranks and starts for a few seconds but then it turns off. i replaced the fuel filter. it cranks for another 15 seconds and then it turns off again. i'm wondering what could be my problem.

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I had similiar issue - I have a saturn L100 and the issue ended up being the BCM (Body Control Module) but as O Mclean mentioned it could also be the fuel pump or other issues. Something to have the shop check though.

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Sound like a fuel problem check and make sure that fuel pump is working efficiently or at the time when Engine dies check for whats missing its either gas or spark . Get back to me if you need more help. ps on those cars if its loosing spark there is an igniter that's mostly to be blamed. Good Luck

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