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1987 Camaro 305 randomly shut off

Nothing happens when turn key
but still has headlights

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  • shelby hofmaster
    shelby hofmaster May 11, 2010

    You wouldnt happen to have an open element air filter on it would you?

  • logandevries May 11, 2010

    It's a 305.

  • Tommy Moore
    Tommy Moore May 11, 2010

    Engine size please

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Sounds electrical, check battery voltage, lights can still come on but if its not strong enough the engine wont turn over

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