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I have a 1992 Chevy Lumina Euro 4 door sedan with 160,000 miles on it. Recently, it has developed a persistant but intermittant problem of either dying at stop signs, or going out of gear (4 speed auto OD), or loosing all power and dying. When you restart it, it will sometimes be ok but other times stall as soon as you put it into drive. Then it will run ok for a while and perhaps die or make it home. I have replaced the ECM, Ign Module, IAC, Map sensor, O2 Sensor, all coils, Crank position sensor (twice), along with a burnt and shorted wire going from the crank sensor to the ignition module. I have put ground wires on the ECM, motor, alternator, and everywhere else I could think of. 8 years ago I put a "chip" in the ECM to enable the running of a 160° thermostat due to a heating problem along with changing the radiator and water pump. I do not want to get rid of the car but as my wife drives it to and from work daily, I am afraid she will get stalled or worse and I am now afraid of driving it. What's left? Oh, yes, it will give a error 42 on occasion, but not consistantly. Any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks, Galen

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  • Galen5547 Aug 27, 2010

    Hi Azraelsrl,
    Thanks for your time and solution, I'm afraid your correct.
    Actually, I had intended on doing just that but with the cramped conditions in the engine compartment, it was not a solution I was looking forward to. I will get the car up on blocks and get out my ohm meter and magnafying glass check all of the wiring in the engine compartment.

  • Galen5547 Aug 27, 2010

    Thanks, I'll check all of the wiring, which is going to be difficult with the cramped conditions. I'm sure your correct but I was hoping for an "easier" solution.


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All your problems appear like the car is losing the electricity. You detected a shorted wire. If the short was so strong that it burnt a wire then surely it has damaged others and their connectors - melted or partially charred (that act as a short) insulations , deformed connectors.
What is most likely happening now: as the error code says you have an intermittent short in the ignition - the damaged wires are loose in their connector and they shake around; sometimes they touch and short the ignition = the engine dies, the voltage on the battery drops and the gearbox disengages.
Check every wire from the harness and test every connector.

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