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Ignition Problems I have a 1999 Olds Intrigue with approx. 35,000 miles. It runs great. Everything works great. Except for some intermittent ignition problems: Only in the early morning I have a lot of trouble getting the car to turn over. I turn the key and it sounds like it's going to start, but doesn't ignite. I can take up to 20 times or more before it finally turns over. And it does always eventually turn over. I only have this problem early in the morning. I live in Southern California and it's summer so it's not that cold in the morning. The other problem is that as I'm driving the car and I come to a stop light and I press on the brakes and as the car is ideling it dies. It just dies. So I turn off the radio. I turn off the A/C I put it in park and then try to start it. Again, like the early morning problem it can take 6-12 attempts before it turns over. I took the car to 2 shops. The first shop found no problem. They tested for electrical problems. The second shop flushed the fuel injection system. They couldn't find anything else wrong. Since the fuel injection service the car has been better starting in the morning. But it still dies out at stop lights. I don't want to have to buy a new car. But if I keep the Olds I've got to have it fixed properly. I read what one person wrote about changing the ignition switch. Both shops felt that wasn't the problem. Help!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Has anyone tested the fuel pressure? both running and leak down tests?

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Some Possibilities:
Fouled/used up spark plugs causing weak ignition. Dirty air filter. Defective distribution, ignition cables. Improperly operating choke/automatic choke mechanism. Improperly set idle speed and/or idle fuel mixture. Mis-adjusted timing. Fuel system issues like clogged up ports etc... ECU computer problem(causing timing, mixture problems). Overtightened belts.

Which of those above things did the mechanics actually check and rule out? This shouldn't be too difficult to troubleshoot. As long as the engine has strong sparks with proper timing, and compression is good, and the fuel/air mixture is correct, and that mixture actually gets into the engine without problems then the car should run fine. So, ask the mechanic if he/she verified all of those things.

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I think in most cases you may have a weak fuel pump or a clogged fuel filter. Even though your fuel system is run by pressure it doesn't always prevent the car from stalling if the engine is starved because of a bad filter or faulty fuel pump

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