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Fuel injector working intermitently then engine stalls, why?! 1988 olds cutless calais

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2.5? Dist module.

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I have an '87 Olds Calais 3 liter engine that idles rough, hesitates on acceleration, and just recently stalls and won't start.


Karl, have you confirmed good fuel pressure? It sounds like a weak fuel pump to me. Is your Check Engine light on? If so what are the codes in the computer?

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My calais ran fine until i started going up the bridgei saw black smoke comeing out of the exhaust when it seem like it just smotherd out and shut off , .and want crank up .the engine will spin but it...


Sounds like a failed fuel injector.
Black smoke is usually too much fuel, so I would look for a leaking fuel injector or fuel pressure regulator.
If you pull the fuel pump relay and crank the engine it may start once the plugs dry out. But once you make the pump work again it will probably flood out.

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Car stalling


Have you replaced the fuel filter?If so,have the fuel pressure checked to make sure it is up to specs.Have you looked at the air filter to see if it is clogged up with dirt?And also the converter in the exhaust could be stopped up.So many things ,to check,these are just a few things .

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Have a 1988 OLDSMOBILE cutlass calais Issue that it's having is on startup Car starts will then start to sputter then die. Most of the time we can give it gas and it solves the issue. However,...


Is your olds a throttle body injected or cylinder fuel injected? or is it still a carburator?
If it's the throttle body there has been many times those injectors begin to gum up
and will cause the rough idle and even stalling out.

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I have a 1988 olds calais quad4, the engine had head gasket leak. i have a new never been used 1991 quad 4, the 1988 block has some pits in it. can i use the old 1988 head on the new 1991block.would the...


At first I was going to respond yes, but not sure when there is a huge difference of fuel pressure between the two systems. Even then, I'm not too sure, depending on specific model of the engine in question, as subtle changes were made between same engine even on Lumina to to Cutlass, and even worse, with California specific models

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86 olds calais only starts if i pour fuel in throttle body fuel pump is working, is their a fuel filter by the throttle body or could it be a relay


The fuel filter is under the car, in-line. If the pump runs, it wouldn't be the relay. When you try to start it, can you see any gas spray from the injector? You could have a bad injector. Check for power going to the injector.

Mar 11, 2010 | 1986 Oldsmobile Calais

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Engine stalls at stop signs. Has new fuel pump


It stalls and has no power since there is not fuel. It could be : 1- Fuel filter is clogged up. 2- Injectors are clogged up. 3- Throttle body gummed up. Do # 1 first if it doesn't improve the situation, then follow these items:
A- Check the injector module if it is working by Plug in NO ID at each injector electrical plug to see if they are lighted up during the cranking. - If there are lights flashing up at these injectors then Injector Module is good. - If there isn't light flashing then the injector Module needs to be replaced.
B- If the injector Module is good, proceed to C.
C- Break the connection from the gas line to the fuel Distributor and start the engine to make sure gas is delivered to the fuel distributor before proceeding to D D- Check out # 2 by removing Injector from cylinder #1 leaving the electrical plug in, with a bottle or Ziplock bag to catch the fuel then have a helper to start the engine to see if fuel coming out of the injector. If there isn't then the injector is bad. Replace a bad injector. You can repeat this method for the rest, or just replace all injectors as I would suggested as the car age.
After this, it should be running well and sometimes having stalled then the time to clean the throttle body. Good luck.

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get a new timing chain then tune it up

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1991 oldsmobile cutlass calais stalls


i dont know i am having a similar problem with my 91 olds cutlass calais its a 2.5 l 4 cyl and i can drive it and it only happens a couple times a week but the RPM gauge goes crazy and the car stalls out it starts right back up but when i put it back into either reverse or drive the rpm does same thing and car stalls ive had it to 5 mechanics they cant figure it out...im hoping to get help on here

Jul 04, 2009 | 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais

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