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Starting Proble Car died while driving down the road. Car will not start or turnover. Checked all connections, fuses, battery, neutral safety switch etc. All check out. I have heard it might be the Ignition Module. Would this be a possibility and can it be checked by a parts strore if it is removed.

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My car did this, it would somtimes idle funny and then die. i would then have to wait 30 min b4 it would start. it was my fuel pump, check it out...

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I don't think so. I got a 95 and I've done all kinds of electrical checking for various things and to my knowledge there isn't. There's fuses for the ignition and engine along with other electrical items but no specific computer fuse that would turn off a computer. I assume the car won't start?

If your car is simply not starting it could be something as simple as the neutral safety switch if you only hear a click turning the key. Disconnect under left side dash. White and has a green and black wire coming from button behind clutch pedal.

If car cranks but just wont start then could be numerous things. Check the 30 and 40 amp fuses under hood. Make sure battery terminals are connected tight and clean with brush tool if needed. If battery is fine and charged, I assume you have checked, then I'd focus on the ignition system.

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neutral safety switch (disconnect above pedal)
starter relay (under radio)
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If cranks then neutral, ignition and relay switches are fine
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