Question about 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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Ignition problems 88 oldsmobile it starts and runs good for a while once the engine gets hot and you turn it off it will crank but wont start.starter,starter relay have been replaced but does same thing.engine model is a 3.8 front wheel drive.

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  • howrey Oct 10, 2008

    only when engine heats up will it stall out .but will try to fire with sarting fluid let it cool down and it will start right up and run till it gets hot again

    also if you stomp the gas peddle to it dies out till you let it up

    maybe 2 different problems?

  • THE DUDER Nov 20, 2008

    1989 OLDS CIERRA

    Starts fine cold or cooled, after say 20 minutes, wail driving it will stall, take foot off gas it will idle sometimes, but yes if it's idling and you press the gas down it will die. but will start only to die again when you press the peddle down, PUT ON A PUMP FILTER HAS SPARK AND INJECTOR LIGHT SAYS THERE GOOD, CAM SENSOR NEW,




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Maybe the crankshaft senor that happened to mine it was cracked almost in half

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Module in the distributeris probably bad

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