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1987 Cavalier keeps stalling and i have a difficult time starting

My 1987 Cavalier has a problem starting. Once i get it going, it tends to stall out whenever i stop, such as at a red light or stop sign. On occassion it stops when i'm under way. This morning it doesn't seem to want to start at all. I know the battery is good, it just doesn't seem to be getting spark. I checked the spark plugs and wires and they are ok.

Also, as i'm looking thru the book, some parts are really hard to get to.

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The stalling out part makes me want to say you have a bad Torque Converter Clutch lock up solenoid. ( TCC ) They are notorious for that.
A quick and dirty fix is to simply unplug them. It wont really harm anything unplugging it but unplugging it will make the car run a tad bit warmer and your gas mileage will suffer by about 10 mpg.
( I had to do the same thing last summer )

The no spark makes me want to say check the coil pac, ignition module under the coil pac, and the crank position sensor under the coil pac / ignition module assembly which is mounted in the block. All are located centrally on the rear of the engine under the intake manifold. You will likely need to reach them from under neath.

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