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87 maxima sometimes cuts off, sometimes wont start can wait a few minutes and will start, what can it be

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This could be a lot of things ... problem with the fuel system (dirty fuel filter, dirty injectors, etc.), it could be due to an Extremely dirty air filter (but that is unlikely), it could be an issue with your car's computer (but this is also unlikely), your ignition system might be going (spark plugs or wiring could be bad), or a lot of other issues.
If there is any other information about exactly what noises the car makes, whether or not the car shakes when it is not working right, or if the car just turns itself off like you turned the key, this information could help diagnose the problem. It would probably be easier to take i to a mechanic and have them look at it. This would give them all of the information that they need to correct the problem. If you are too broke to take it somewhere (like I usually am) then you can try buying a Haynes manual for your car. These manuals have a lot of good input as to why problems happen to cars (specific to make and model of the car) and might be able to help you find the issue for yourself. Once you know exactly what is wrong, you can still take it to a mechanic, but you can save yourself a lot of fees by telling the mechanic what you need fixed. If your mechanic tells you that he thinks you have the wrong cause, there is a strong possibility that they are right -- mechanics have usually dealt with similar issues many times, so if you say that you think it is one thing based on looking through the Haynes manual, but he says he has solved this same problem in a different way before, he probably knows what he is talking about -- and if the solution is complex enough to require a mechanic ... he's probably right about the fix. Haynes manuals are designed to help the home-mechanic work on his own car .. so if you find that it is something relatively simple like spark plugs give it a shot. If it turns out to be something that you are not sure you can handle (because it is too complex, or because you are not sure you have all of the tools you would need) , take it to a mechanic before you pull the engine apart -- you'll save yourself a lot of time and hassle by getting it fixed right the first time.

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