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1991 Chevy Lumina 3.1 Sedan Starting/Dying Problems

So, driving home from a friends house, going down a road where the speed limit is 50, me, graciously approaching 50, look down at my speedometer and my car won't accelerate. I instantly expect that it died because that's just my luck. It died, so I pulled over into the parking lot of some auto repair place ironically enough. I pull over, pop the hood, and look at everything.

Looks fine. Try to start it? Starts up. Alrighty... pull out of the parking lot, drive like 100 yards then it dies again. I pull into the next parking lot and it starts again. Then I drive it 100 yards again. I repeated this about 4 times until I had a friend pick me up about a mile from my house.

I don't get it.
Fuel Injector?
Fuel Pump?
Ignition?

I have no clue.

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  • Eric Wichmann Aug 08, 2008

    Just replaced Fuel Filter, that's not it.

  • wymhk Sep 24, 2008

    Lumina 1991, after steady driving for like 30 minutes and want to slow own or break, the engin stalls. I can start it again but when shifting to drive it stalls agian. I have to wait for 10-15 minutes and start the engin agian, I shift to drive, the car drives ok. What is the cause of stalling and why when shifting to drive it stalls again.

  • Mary OHara
    Mary OHara May 06, 2012

    We bought our daughter a 1991 Lumina 3.1 with 113,000 miles. It was running fine then one day it just stalled out and didn't want to start without pumping and pumping and pumping the gas peddle. I had to hold down gas and break at stop lights just to get her home about a mile. Once home she wouldn't run. She would run for a couple minutes and die which is open loop when running, closed loop is when the sensors kick and it would die. Pulled spark plugs, they were black meaning no spark. Can only be 2 things....99% of the time it's the crank sensor or the coil pack. We tried coil pack first, no go. Then the crank sensor for $13.99 at O'Reilly's Auto Parts and it took 3 times starting and turning off for the computer to read the change and now she's back up and running. Before the coil pack and crank sensor we put on a MAP sensor, MASS sensor, Fuel filter, Spark Plugs, Air filter and no luck. Hope this actually helps someone becaue we did tons of research and found suggestions but noone has put what has actually fixed their Lumina. ;)

  • Aaron Bergman Jan 16, 2013

    i have a 1991 lumina euro edition, my problem is that when i charge the battery till its full, its runs fine after that, but when i turn it off about 20 min to an hour it doesnt start..what could be the problem?

  • Eric Wichmann Oct 28, 2013

    Old question, but it was the Crank Position Sensor now that I think about it!

    Wasn't fuel related at all...

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Ok this was all after the car was all warmed up how far can you go from a cold start until it "dies:?
I want to suspect a crank sensor or ignition module just because of the symptoms if nothing happens until the egine gets hot ,typical of a failing crank sensor andignition module, always replace them togother.
But there is one more culprit, the catalytic Converter, see they break up inside and over time the catalyist bounces around and becomes a ball, on acceleration the presssure of the exhaust pushes the "ball' of caytlist into the exhaust pipe opening restricting it until it shuts off the car. You pull over the pressure goes away the "ball" falls back into the cat, you start again and it starts all over again. I would hve the cat tested and you can do a test yourself hit the cat on the bottom with a hammer and if you hear some rattling inside when you hit it yhe catalist is broken and is likely your problem.
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I have the same year and had the same problem. i replaced the brain in my car and it has not happened since. which was say 4 months ago now.

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    Tammy Lange May 22, 2013

    howmuch did that run you?

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I would check the fuel pressure regulator. It might be dumping your pressure after you start it. Check your running fuel pressure at the fuel rail and watch it for a drop.

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this could be one of the two things that I am thinking it is...it is either the throttle position sensor or it si the fuel pump getting too hot and cooling off slightly enough to restart the engine. Both are related but separate systems. The throttle position sensor is on the side of the throttle body and it merely tells the computer where the throttle plate is in the throttle body to create the proper fuel mixture for the injectors. The fule pump ios loccated insid eof the fuel tank it either runs or it doesnt usually. If it gets hot it is about to go completely out all together.

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this could be one of the two things that I am thinking it is...it is either the throttle position sensor or it si the fuel pump getting too hot and cooling off slightly enough to restart the engine. Both are related but separate systems. The throttle position sensor is on the side of the throttle body and it merely tells the computer where the throttle plate is in the throttle body to create the proper fuel mixture for the injectors. The fule pump ios loccated insid eof the fuel tank it either runs or it doesnt usually. If it gets hot it is about to go completely out all together.

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