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Hey Guys, I have a CHERRY 2002 Firebird Convertible. Its only got 82,000 on it & is a BEAUTIFUL CAR!!! Last week I had to have the Temperature Gauge Sensor and the Thermostat changed out Last night I was driving on the highway going about 70 - car was drivig fine & Then I felt like a sputter - as I kept my foot on the gas - I noticed the fuel didnt seem to be getting to the car & I had to pull over to the side of the hwy. I tried to start it a couple times - sounded like it wanted to start but was running really rough & was sputtering and then would quit running Anyway - Had it towed to a shop and waiting to get it looked at Monday. Im nervous about what this could be - I take care of this car to where many people (professionals included) say this is one of the nicest 2002 firebirds they still see on the street. I;ll send pictures if need be :) Any idea what this could be?

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Sounds like a fuel pump to me. But if the check engine light came on before it competely die the first time, then there are several things that would kill the engine. Good luck

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