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    Default 1996 Ciera 3.1 - Stalling

    Hello everyone, I have a 1996 Ciera with the 3.1 engine. For the past two days, the car has stalled on my drive home.
    No warning, no weird sounds or vibrations. I checked for codes last night and there are none. The car will start right up
    while I am still rolling down the road once I have put it in neutral. Any ideas?



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    Ignition control modular , crank position sensor (affected by heat will cut out ) since it will start up when cooled off , Those don?t show any codes as well as the Fuel pump also .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keiths1976 View Post
    Ignition control modular , crank position sensor (affected by heat will cut out ) since it will start up when cooled off , Those don?t show any codes as well as the Fuel pump also .
    Thank you, I will check those...

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    For me if it starts right back up without having to cool down, it?s often been the fuel filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlc1976 View Post
    For me if it starts right back up without having to cool down, it?s often been the fuel filter.
    It could be a fuel filter, but the fuel filter is the most changed part on a vehicle, and 97% of the time is also un-needed. I would likely change it myself also, but thats only because its like a $10 dollar part, and is a easy part to rule out (as long as the fuel lines arent rusty).
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlc1976 View Post
    For me if it starts right back up without having to cool down, it?s often been the fuel filter.
    I replaced the fuel filter about 2 months ago :-(

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    We had an odd issue where the car momentarily lost power as one of the connections/terminals failed in the big connector by the battery. Take yours apart (if it isn't melted together already) and see if you have an overheated connection. Here is a picture of ours. I took a new connector and have moved the connections as they failed. I now have 2 of the 3 in the new connector.



    I've been waiting to switch the car to the '94 style connection, as I already have the terminal block. That will be if I finally have to start again after all 3 connections are in the new connector.
    Jerry

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    Yea, could be the fusible link junction, but that would be easy to diagnose. Start car, move wiring loom, juggle, left, right, up, down, pull, push. Engine shuts off, its bad.
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