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Fuel issue the shop originally said according to the diagnostic test - the fuel pump needed to be replaced (noting it was just changed last year)vehicle ran for 40 or so miles once turned off it never started back up Towed back to the shop they said it was the fuel vapor sensor - was driven less than 10 miles once turned off won't start againe - towed back to the shop waiting for their diagnose this time - any clue??

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While the key is in "on" position your security light is blinking, it is probably your "Passlock" security device acting up. Very common in these years for GM cars. To test if this is it, simply turn your key forward (to "on" position) until light stops blinking and eventually turns off (right around 10 minutes). Then, turn key back off, and then try to restart it. My Alero did this just yesterday and I learned this trick as I was pricing out a new fuel pump. If this was your problem, I recommend taking it to a remote starter installer and have them by-pass the passlock permanently. Should cost anywhere from $40-$100, but is much better than a new fuel pump and filter cost.
-note: I recommend not getting it by-passed until it happens a second time (which it may not), just don't forget the temporary fix!

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I hope you arn't pay for all this tell them to diag with a guarentee or you are going to the state to report them & get your money back!!!!!!!!

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