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Car dies while driving

My 2001 grand am will die while I'm driving down the road, causing it to be very dangerous for not only me but my children.

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Unless you have some automotive experience, I'd suggest that you take it to a shop or have someone with that experience take a look at it. There are numerous reasons for a shutdown to happen, some easy and some complicated to repair. As you mentioned, safety is of concern, so you really don't have room for experimentation here. Without the ability to do any real testing from where I am, I could offer a string of possibilities and be wrong with all of them.
    Far easier and more productive to have someone do tests hands-on!!!
    Good luck!



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Check your fuel pump,

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