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1996 NEON ... YESTERDAY ON THE WAY HOME IT DIED 6 TIMES ... RUNS OK ... GET BACK ON THE ROAD ... GO A MILE OR SO .. DIES AGAIN ANY THOUGHTS ?

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  • jmccainj Aug 17, 2010

    we will give that a shot ... thank you very much

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There's multiple possibilities. Some of them are a partially clogged fuel filter, poor fuel pressure, a bad sensor or sensors, etc...
Have you checked/changed the filter? What's the fuel pressure?
You can access a simplified version of the trouble codes on this model - with the car off, turn the ignition switch on, off, on, off, and on again relatively quickly. The check engine light will blink out the codes. An example would be blink, pause, blink, blink. This would be code 12. Chilton's or Haynes books give you the code's meaning (that code means battery disconnect). These can at least give you a place to start.

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  • jmccainj Aug 17, 2010

    the code read 32 ... egr system failure
    not sure how to address that ??
    thanks for any pointers or help

  • nightowl2236 Aug 17, 2010

    Then it could be the EGR valve is plugged, not getting good vacuum, etc. On a '96, my Chilton's book says the EGR valve is under the air intake duct on either the SOHC or the DOHC motors.
    They can be cleaned (usually carbon build-up), and vacuum-tested. If it fails any of the tests, it'll need replaced. It also says that, if the EGR valve is replaced, there's another item, the EGR transducer, attached to the air inlet duct, that will need replaced, too, because they're calibrated together.

    I'm not sure how handy you are with car repairs, or how much you have in the way of tools, so this may be something you want to take to a reliable repair shop.

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