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My car will start but after about 15-20 minutes of driving, the car will completly turn off...i have to wait for the car to cool down for about 30 minutes before i can restart again and drive it.. If i try to restart the car, once it turns off, it takes a few, before i can get the car moving but for only a few minutes..! I can get to my job which is about 2 miles away, but if i go any further the car will shut down on me.. please help me! I just had the inspection done and it passed, someone said to put in gas treatment that may help, i did, but i dont want to take any chances...any ideas?

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If light on dash is on, then it sounds like a bad crank sensor. shuts off while driving down road, then will not start for about 15 minutes. heres more causes:: car shuts off when tempurature gets to normal-- low coolant, failing coolant tempurature sensor, air in water pump, failed radiator fan, it takes 10 to 15 minutes for a car to warm up. check or replace coolant temp. sensor if above is ok. have a good day !

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