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Was running erratically then quit now won't start

While trying to start smoke did appear in the area of starter,I believe is result of initial problem of quitting than not starting

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Does it turn over and not fire up ? or not turn over at all? if not turning over at all and the smoke you noticed from starter area would suggest the starter is the problem so i'd check the wiring in that area for any burnt ,loose wires/connectors and check the starter for signs of burning ,if turns over but not fire up then i,d get the OBD codes read as may indicate a sensor fault but the older vehicles have a limited OBD so more investigation of the fuel/air , ignition systems would be needed

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SOURCE: 1999 old bravada just quit running when going down the street?

Hey , check your ignition cord from the distributor cap to an ignition box. My blew off and caused the same problem. The connection could be corrorated if not blew off. I had to buy all the spark plug wires to get that exact wire ( only cost 20 dollars for set) but replaced and it fired right up. I also bought spark plugs and tuned it up as well. Thats also easy just remove your front tires and the plugs are right there man. Best 35 dollars I've spent in while.

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i have a 91, this happens to me but it says STARTER DISABLED on the display. If the 90 is the same, it is an anti theft feature. On the ignition key there is a black square thing after the teeth of the key. The system needs to recognize the black square to start the car, so if it is warn down you will have this problem. Get a spare made with that special key only some key copier places have it. But on mine if you wait 3 minutes after the message shows up, you can then start it successfully.

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SOURCE: I had my car running and it quit and it would keep

It is the crankshaft sensor. Had a car that would start and run very rough then it would quit, Would start and just keep quiting.

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SOURCE: 94 Silhouette Starts just fine then quits within seconds.

Could be a fuel pump relay.

Posted on Mar 06, 2010

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first is the condition of the teeth on the ring gear
they have a habit of burring over and the pinion gear gets stuck and will not disengage
next is to check is the pinion teeth the right number on the new starter for the ring gear
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