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I have a 1988 Cutlas Ciera 3.8 v-6. It will run for 10 minutes and than shut off. I have replaced the ECM and the ignition module and the coils have been checked and they were fine. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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After putting in new part, clear all old trouble codes out of system by unhooking battery for approx 5 mintues.

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    If you put a new part in and fail to clear old trouble codes out, you will have the same problem.

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Posted on Aug 28, 2010

  • CuriousLady Aug 28, 2010

    After putting in new part, clear all old trouble codes out of system by unhooking battery for approx 5 mintues.

  • CuriousLady Aug 28, 2010

    I have a suggestion. Try listening to your wife the first time she told you what was wrong, lol.

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