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When I crank truck it runs really rough for a few seconds then dies, what could make this happen?

New cam, new lifter, new timing gears and chain, new crankshaft positioning sensor, changed the ICM, and new pick-up coil

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Have you cleaned your throttle body?? sounds like it's doing what mine does from time to time..use brake fluid to clean your throttle body, if that doesn't work, it could be maybe a fuel sensor, or throttle sensor.

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SOURCE: 1990 Buick Regal 3.1 has rough idle, hesitates and dies when accelerating.

A lot of new parts! Have a compression test done to gauge the engine's internal condition, and go from there. If compression is good on all 6 cylinders, scan for trouble codes. The compression test may find your problem, something like an exhaust valve burned or not seating properly.

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