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My 1989 chevy c1500 will try to start but will keep dying. after a while it will start back up and may die and may not. happens more and more often. sometimes just driving down the street. someone said it is the brain. just put new fuel pump and o2 sensor on it, battery is new too.

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My son was having a similar problem. Turned out to be the ignition control module located inside the distributor cap. You can take it out with a phillips screwdriver and have it checked at OReillys.

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