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We have a 92 olds 88. 2 issues with it. First, have an eletrical issue, battery keeps going dead if it sits for an extended period of time, ie 2 weeks, when putting a battery charger or jumper cables on it, it sparks heavily, indicating a draw somewhere, can't seem to locate it. 2nd when car is warm, and driving down the road, it loses power, does not miss or backfire, occasionally chugs, and eventually dies, but starts right back up and is fine for 3-5 miles and then dies again, repeats the process.....I have changed the fuel pump, fuel filter, put sea foam and seems to be better but still does it occasionally....possibly a tps ? any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Is the engine light on?

Posted on Sep 15, 2010

  • gotyou4evr Sep 15, 2010

    yes..we were told it would be when we last took it in

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