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Will start but won't stay running

Checked fuses they are fine was fine till run out of gas put gas in but would start but wouldn't stay running

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Try changing the fuel filter. Chances are when it ran out of gas it sucked all the old gunk and stuff into the lines. If that doesn"t work you may have to take it to a professional to have the gunk sucked out. Also after you change the filter dump some fuel injector cleaner into the tank that should clean up any remaining residue.

Posted on Feb 05, 2013


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Harvey N Tawatao

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SOURCE: it starts but doesnt stay running

Re check your MAP and IAT sensor. If there not reading right, your ECU will not know how much fuel the engine need's. Good luck

Posted on Apr 07, 2009



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SOURCE: just bought 89 grand am.

  • An Oxygen sensor sniff for fuel to adjust the fuel to air ratio. When they go bad the run lean all the time. So you don't get sufficient fuel. So if the code read O2 sensor then you should change one or both out. It's not to hard. Thing is there are two O2 sensors on your car. You have an Upstream and a Downstream. The Upstream is not far off the manifold and the Downstream is down the exhaust by the Catalytic Converter. It could really be either one. I put a video up on how to test an O2 sensor. If you don't have the proper gauge then you can rent one or replace one and if need be replace the other. If the vehicle has set for a while and is not performing right it might not be a bad idea to put both on. It's not to hard to change the O2 sensors. You pull the connector off it and put an O2 socket on the end and twist it out, like you would a spark plug. Then replace with a new one. I would start with the one on the exhaust not far off the manifold and then if need be move downstream. Sometimes you have to move a thing or two out of the way to get to that Upstream O2 sensor but it has to be done.

Regards, Tony

Posted on May 20, 2011


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SOURCE: recently would not easily start, ok after it got

I have the same problem few days ago, and still didn't find any solution. Can any one please help?????3

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anthony ventura

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SOURCE: intermittent starting problem 1992 sunbird 3.1

common problem with these engines are the ingnition modual located under the coil packs!

Posted on Oct 21, 2011

ronald neveu

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SOURCE: I have a 2006 Pontiac

sounds like a problem with the ignition barrel.the wiring is loose or the connectors are loose or the barrel is faulty,unless thse are all run from the onboard computer.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011

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