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Hi I got a 98 Regal GS SC engine w 64.7k miles. this morning the engine would only start for 2-3 seconds then a sort of "relay engaging sound' could be heard and the engine would shut down. This cycle repeats every time I tried to start it. I would also notice the fuel pump would prime the lines, just when I turn the key to the "on" position (which is normal), but since this engine start problem began this morning, I began noticing it priming the lines for 1-2 seconds AFTER the engine had shut down (could this be because the shut down is caused by electrical problem, after which the system resets, then recognizes the key in the ignition and in the "on" position, so would instruct the fuel pump to re-prime the lines as if for the first time?

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On the regals they have a ceramic resistor on the passanger side under the fender. It heats up and over time it tends to brake and the wire inside tends to rust away. The fuel pumps run in 2 different speeds. Had the same problem. Dealer only part yet the car would run and you would think it was the fuel pump. Turn the key it kicks on then start and dies out. Ceramic on the pass side would need replaced. It is white about 2-3 inches long or so held on with 2 bolts i do believe. Ill find a bulliten i found online to help me diagnos the problem. :) hopefully this helps someone out instead of spendin $$$ that ya cant afford with the recession eh?

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Hello; i am not an expert, but i do own a 97 regal gs and i sort of had a similar problem with no start. what i suggest if you have done any work at or around the battery or engine bay fuse block, like replaced a fuse or relay horn or ac check the fuse that is i believe a 15 amp that says on the cover (ELEK IGN) check it and do pull it out if blown replace it. if not reinstall and then try to strart vehicle it should start. Ed lized23@hotmail.com

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