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What would cause it to crank and run for about 3 seconds and die

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Does it have a built in anti-theft system?

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It sounds like you need a new fuel filter. It runs until the fuel runs out and the fuel filter is preventing the fuel pump from reaching the correct fuel pressure. If the fuel filter doesn't fix the problem, you might have a bad crankshaft or camshaft position sensor, but this would usually cause the vehicle to die once it has warmed up a bit (when the timing starts to advance).

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My saturn Ion 2006 will cut off while i am drinving it. It will restart after about 20 minutes but will die in about 15 seconds. The used to run for about 20 minutes between the times it would die but not...

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