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My '96 cutlass cierra idles for 30 minutes and then cuts off; i have to wait for about 5 minutes before i can start it again. it's not a fuel pump issue. i have replaced the module and the crankshaft sensor. the check engine light does not come on; neither are there any "codes".

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  • BrianWren Jul 07, 2010

    This definitely sounds like overheating electronics. If you had said that you have to wait until it was cold again, that would be another matter. But electronics cool down faster than the engine does. It needs to be determined whether it no longer gets fuel, no longer gets spark, or both.


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Have you had the coil check yet?

Also get your fuel pressure regulator tested or check fuel flow/pressure.

This sounds as if the coil is getting hot causing it to cut out, also check your spark plugs are in good condition, if they are worn too much they also will cause the coil to overheat.

Let me know if you need more information.



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  • Jason Maurirere
    Jason Maurirere Jul 07, 2010


    Just try to check to see if it is still sparking at the ignition coil lead when it stops, and if not then theres the problem, if you have replaced the ignition module then check the distributor cap if it has one, and the rotor.

    Then check the coil it will be either one of these causing a no spark situation.

    But if you have spark then remove the main inlet fuel line at the fuel rail and just checkto make double sure it anit a fuel pump issue.

    Hope this helps, let me know if you need more information.


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