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1988 oldsmobile ciera brougham, 3.8 liter. the engine turns over like normal to start. then suddenly acts like it is ceasing up and backfires once you let the key go. it was running when it parked then refuses to start.. any ideas? has good spark good fuel pressure, tried starting it in nuetral to see if transmission was stuck in gear. but still nothing.. changes.. disabled the spark and fuel by disconnnecting the crankshaft sensor and cam shaft sensor and it stops acting like it is locking up. until they are plugged back in.. last thing i can think is computer or engine jumped time.. HELP! please...pretty please..

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    How long was the car parked?

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The timing chain can jump a notch, apparently, but popular opinion seems to favor the coils. Don't know how many your motor has - probably 3. Check online for testing procedures with a multimeter. Check the resistance between terminals with the wires off the coils.

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I think it jumped time also.

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Johnny, It's probably the coil pack. If you follow the spark plug wires backwards from the plugs it will lead you to the part(s). There may be more than one. Check with the local autoparts place to see if they can test it for you. If not I would try a Junk yard first, incase that isn't the problem.

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engine idle sounds like a vacuum leak ya might want to check all of em as its an older car also the t's an connectors crack too

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First unhook pos. battery cable at battery, next unhook cable on starter selonoid and small wire on selonoid, next craw under car (you may have to jack up car and support it with jack stands) remove inspection cover on flywheel then the 2 bolts that hold starter in and thats it starter will come out.

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Hello! You have symptoms that point to incorrect fuel pressure.
First have the fuel pressure tested as follows; #1...engine running at idle: 13- 20 psi. #2...key on engine off: 23-30 psi. If pressure is incorrect change the fuel pump.

Does the engine "surge" at idle? If so, check the "fuel injection pressure regulator idle air control valve". Apply a vacuum to it; If fuel flows it is not the problem.


Guru.............saailer


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