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I have a 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier with a 3.1 engine and 3 speed automatic transmission. This vehicle set without running for two years. I have recently installed a motor and brought it back to life.The engine runs smoothe without any missing and drives without any issues until it gets to the operating temperature. At that point if you go to stop it bucks and jumps and stalls as if it were a manual shift transmission and you didn't put the clutch in when you tried to stop Then the engine will restart and run without an issue, However, when it is put into gear, the engine stalls and dies. It will not go into gear without dieing until you wait approximately 20 minutes.. I have cleaned the throttle body and installed a new idle air control valve. This has given me no change in the performance at all.I have removed the electrical plug from the TCC solenoid but there is no change. I reinstalled the plug and it ran without any issues starting and stopping for about 10 miles then went back to stalling again. I have put16 oz transX cleaning fluid in the transmission with no change.Do have any suggestion as to why this engine will stall and die?

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  • loustoy235 May 26, 2011

    The engine runs with no issues. When it stalls it will restart and run again with no issues. It is only when you try to put it in gear that it will stall. I will check for any vacuum leaks. This motor has three coils so how do I find which one is at fault?

  • loustoy235 May 26, 2011



    This engine has no running problems with driving down the road or stopping until it gets up to the operating temperature. The problem is stalling when you come to a stop after the engine gets to operating temperature. Again, it is like stopping a manual shift car without pushing in the clutch. This vehicle has three coils. How do I tell which one is bad?

  • loustoy235 May 26, 2011

    I would like another experts suggestions for this problem.

  • loustoy235 May 26, 2011

    I checked the vacuum hoses. It was fine and I saw no problem there. I question the coil suggestion because the engine runs too well and constant. The only time there is a problem is when the temp levels reachs the normal running temp. I will restart and run after it is stopped. The problem is there when I put it into gear that is when the problem comes into play with the missing, jumping and stalling. It will die and only restart after about 20 minutes then run fine again until it reaches the normal running temperature again then the jumping and missing thing starts up again.

  • loustoy235 May 27, 2011

    No, the engine does not die when it gets t o operating temp. It only does it when you come to a stop and then it will stall. The engine will restart and run smoothe from idle up to 2500 rpms with no running issue. It is when you put it in gear that it will stall. The transmission fluid has good red color to it. It also has a quart of transx cleaner in the fluid. Tomorrow, I will be changing the torque converter clutch solenoid. I have already installed both temperature sensors on the engine but it still acts the same. I have cleaned the throttle body and installed a new idle air control valve. I will let you know if this converter clutch solenoid does the trick. Hopefully it will!

  • loustoy235 May 29, 2011

    Looks like your suggestion was it. It is working now. I did put all the parts that were suggested on it. The last one was the solenoid and it seem to do the trick. Thank you for your help!

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There is nothing wrong with the engine. it is funny you stated that it feels like a stick shift that you forgot to push in on the clutch, because that is what is happening, your transmission is equipped with a lock up torque converter, and what is happening is the converter is staying engaged when you come to a stop so in essence it is just like stopping with out releasing the clutch, it just happens that your clutch is inside the torque converter, and is applied and released by a TCC switch inside the transmission, we used to see this problem all the time, most of the time it is just the switch, you have to remove the side cover on the transmission to get ***** to the switch. if after replacing the switch the problem does not go away then you will need to replace the converter, but give the transX a few miles like 100 or so to do its job. it is a good product almost like magic juice in a can.....good luck

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The problem may be with the transmission itself. Once you get to operating transmission does your engine die when reving it at stand still? I am thinking that it may be the torque converter or you may just need to change the transmission fluid.

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  • Nicolo Carlo Parazo May 28, 2011

    great! If that is the case do a visual inspection as well as there may be dirt left out from the previous oil or worn out parts.

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The air/fuel mixture is too lean when the engine is hot - the engine temperature sensor is either disconnected or the wire touches the rear exhaust manifold causing a short to ground causing erratic operation . Or it may be faulty and it will have to be replaced. This is it
http://www.theautopartsshop.com/auto+car-usa+parts/chevrolet+cavalier+engine-coolant-temperature-sensor.html
Also check the injectors, they might be dirty, and the fuel pump - it might be worn out and its debit is too low.

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  • Azrael SRL May 26, 2011

    It can't be a coil or ignition failure, it would manifest at all temperatures, not just when it's hot. Clearly it's a mixture problem - on a carburetor engine it would be a choke problem, in an injection one like yours it's a sensor or injectors problem.

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Hello and welcome to FixYa!

I'm suspecting that there's a worn out or disconnected vacuum hose somewhere that's why the engine performs very unusual. As a first course of action, I strongly suggest that you check and replace worn or torn vacuum hoses. Vacuum leak can really be annoying for it makes the engine perform bad.

I suggest that you replace the ignition coil too. If the ignition coil is faulty it tends to fail when engine reaches it's normal running temp. It can result to multiple misfires and stalling. Sometime it will start right back up once the coil is cooled. I believe you'll be good after the replacement.

Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa! Have a good one!

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