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What is the problem with a 1992 lumina when the engine raises until the operating temperature of the vehicle is reached?

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I would have the car checked on the computor.Even if the engine light is off it will store the codes.When you get the codes it should point you in the right direction.I would say it's posibly the throttle position sensor.

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SOURCE: 91 chevy lumina 3.1 starts but when reaches operating temp dies

check your cooling system,the thermostat,water level,test for cooling fan sensors and fan operation,clogged radiator test for 30-50 degrees difference from the top to the bottom of the rad,it could be clogged.Less than 30 degrees it's good.
Check for water in the oil or white/brown foam on the dip stick that would be a blown head gasket,causing you engine to over heat and cut off.

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Check your thermostat,could not be opening all the way.

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  1. Raise the vehicle and support it with jackstands.
  2. Remove the splash shield from the front of the front sub frame and body.

Before opening the radiator petcock, spray it with some penetrating lubricant.
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  2. Remove the reservoir bottle pressure cap.
  3. Attach a length of rubber hose to the draincock. This will help to direct the coolant flow into the drain pan.
  4. Drain the existing coolant by opening the radiator petcock.
  5. Close the petcock and install the splash shield.
  6. Lower the vehicle.
  7. Determine the capacity of the coolant system, then properly refill the cooling system with a 50/50 mixture of fresh coolant and water, as follows:
    1. Fill the reservoir bottle with coolant until it reaches the top of the cold fill mark on the bottle.
    2. Reinstall the bottle pressure cap.
    3. Select the maximum heater temperature and blower motor speed settings. Position the control to discharge air at the A/C vents in the instrument panel.
    4. Start the engine and allow it to idle until hot air is coming from the A/C vents.

  8. If the air discharge from the A/C vents remains cool and the temperature gauge does not move, the engine coolant is low in the engine and must be filled. Turn the engine OFF , allow the engine to cool and add coolant through the reservoir bottle as described earlier and replace the cap.
  9. Start the engine and allow it to idle. Hot air should come from the A/C vents. The engine coolant temperature gauge should maintain a stabilized reading within the normal range and the upper radiator hose should feel hot to the touch.
  10. Shut off the engine and allow it to cool.
  11. If available, install a pressure tester and check for leaks. If a pressure tester is not available, run the engine until normal operating temperature is reached (allowing the system to naturally pressurize), then check for leaks.

CAUTION If you are checking for leaks with the system at normal operating temperature, BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL not to touch any moving or hot engine parts. Once the temperature has been reached, shut the engine OFF, and check for leaks around the hose fittings and connections which were removed earlier.
  1. Check the level of protection with an antifreeze/coolant hydrometer
  2. If this is helpful please leave positive feedback.
  3. Thanks, snugglpants

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