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Doesn't stay running

I have a 1996 cheverolet lumina 4 door car. Everytime I start the vehicle it will run for a little while until I press the accelerator the vehicle dies. It starts back up but continues to die when the accelerator is pressed. What may be the problem?

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  • chips7905 Feb 02, 2009

    Thanks for your suggestion(s). How would I check to see if the throttle position sensor is working?

  • chips7905 Feb 05, 2009

    If the Throttle Position Sensor is unplugged and the engine doesn't run any worse, does that mean the Sensor isn't working properly?

  • chips7905 Feb 06, 2009

    T.P.S. was replaced.. vehicle was hard to start, but finally got running. Vehicle has a high idle and temperature gauge was all the way over to hot. Then the Hot Light came on. ??????

  • chips7905 Feb 07, 2009

    Thank you, it seems that my vehicle is running smoothly. I have driven it a couple of times. I haven't seen any problems at this point. I appreciate all your help.

  • James Bradburn
    James Bradburn May 11, 2010

    Being you have a new TPS on take and unhook the battery for 10 min to reset to computer.

  • James Bradburn
    James Bradburn May 11, 2010

    9 out of 10 that is correct

  • James Bradburn
    James Bradburn May 11, 2010

    You can just disconnect the sensor and see if it runs any worse.

  • James Bradburn
    James Bradburn May 11, 2010

    Connect a fuel pressure guage to the fuel rail and check you fuel pressure. Should be around 35-40 lbs.

    Check to see if you have strong exhaust pressure at the rear of the vehicle. Just place hand over pipe when you first crank when its not hot..

    Let me know your finding.


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Also you might check the Throttle Position Sensor. They could also cause this problem.

Please contact me if your problem presists.

Thanks, Charlie

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