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My Chevy S10 will shut down, starts back up minutes later

I have a 1996 Chevy S10, extended cab. It will run most of the time but it will shut down and after a short period of time it will start back up. I've driven 10 miles and it would shut down. I've driven it 40 miles and it would run. Once I tried starting it first thing in the morning and it wouldn't start, I shook some wires and I got back in the truck and it started. I tried shaking the wires when it was running but it didn't shut off. the garages in the area can't fix it or put it on the machine since it's running and no warning lights are on.
thanks,
Joe

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    One thing you can do is while it's in no-start, see if you can hear the fuel pump, also check for spark...then you can begin to get an idea what's not working. At this point, shaking the wires may have been nothing...possibly it would have started even if you had not done that. So, at this point in your diagnosis, it's worthwhile to remember, but not solid enough to pursue. Once you have some direction, there are individual component tests that can be made on many individual components, using a good digital volt/ohmeter, regardless of if codes are present. But, unplugging components may set codes for those items if you run it while unplugged, so be careful in what you do. My thinking right now is that you may have a balky fuel pump but don't run out and buy one because I said that...test everything carefully before spending anything on parts except for possibly a fuel filter. (which is often neglected and unless recently replaced should be done regardless of problems)
    Good luck Once you get something solid to work with, just about anyone here can guide you through any specific questions you may have!!


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Check if your wires are on TIGHTLY on the battery, if one loses a touch, your car will shut off. If you go over a tiny bump, or turn to one side or another, they could disconnect, causing your car to lose a + or a - cable connection. Which would very well make your car shut off. Also, check for any corrosion on the battery terminals. Good luck.

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