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Engine just quits. sit for 15 minutes to half hour and it will start and run for quite a qhile and then the same thing happens again. Seems to do it more often when the ambient temperature is high of hot. could it be a vpor lock in the fuel system or perhaps overheating of something in the electrical system

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  • Anonymous Aug 03, 2008

    sounds like your crank sensor is getting too hot. replace sensor.



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This sound like the crankshaft position sensor is getting too hot.
replace sensor.

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