Starts then dies, but will eventually stay running

Tiny
JHENRIKSEN
  • 1999 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 160,000 MILES

I have a 99 Pontiac Grand Am 3.4L When I go to start it, it fires then dies, It will do this 3 or 4 times before I can keep it will stay running. And to get it to stay running I end up having to push the accelerator 1/4 to 1/2 throttle and hold the key in start position for a few seconds after it initially fires. After I get it to stay running it runs great.

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Monday, December 26th, 2011 AT 7:27 PM

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Tiny
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The first thing I would check for is codes have you done that yet?Also do you have a multimeter to do some testing?You could have a bad coolant temp sensor it would make sense for your symptoms.

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Monday, December 26th, 2011 AT 7:35 PM
Tiny
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I don't have a reader for the newer stuff. Yet. It Does it hot or cold

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Monday, December 26th, 2011 AT 7:39 PM
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Hi saturntech9. How about low oil level / pressure and the fuel pump is switched on by oil pressure? I don't know which years or models that applies to but sure sounds like how that system acted.

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Monday, December 26th, 2011 AT 7:44 PM
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Hey Doc, The fuel pumps that are integrated into the fuel pump circuit are done so as redundant power supplies for the pump. The relay will pre-empt the oil sender, unless it is bad.

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Monday, December 26th, 2011 AT 7:57 PM
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It wouldnt hurt caridodoc jhenriksen check your oil level see if its low. Also take it to a auto parts store like auto zone and have them scan the computer for codes. If you have any codes then let me know the exact code numbers not the code descriptions. Also a multimeter would be helpful to test things.

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Monday, December 26th, 2011 AT 8:31 PM
Tiny
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Oil level is good. I will get it scanned. I do have a mulitmeter.

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Monday, December 26th, 2011 AT 10:38 PM
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Alright let me know about the codes and we will go from there.

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Monday, December 26th, 2011 AT 10:52 PM
Tiny
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No codes, fuel pressure kinda dances from low to high 40s as I crank it over and its trying to start.

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Saturday, December 31st, 2011 AT 11:35 PM
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Pull the fuel pressure regulator vacuum line off the nipple see if there is fuel coming out of the nipple.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 12:02 AM
Tiny
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Nope, its dry

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 12:16 AM
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Another thing to try with the fuel pressure gauge hooked dont start just turn the key to the run position for a couple of seconds then tun it off. Then repeat that two more times then watch the fuel pressure for 5mins and let know what the fuel pressure reads in 5 mins.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 12:24 AM
Tiny
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Will try that tomarrow

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 12:50 AM
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Alright keep me posted have a safe and happy new years.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 1:00 AM
Tiny
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44-45 pounds

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 6:15 PM
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Alright do you have a multimeter?

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 6:26 PM
Tiny
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Yes.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 6:41 PM
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Alright when the engine hasnt been started that day and you know the outside temp. Unplug the coolant temp sensor and measure resistance across the coolant temp sensors terminals. Let me know the outside temp and the resistance of the coolant temp. Also make sure the connector going to it that the terminals arent all blue or green instead of silver.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012 AT 7:12 PM
Tiny
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14.85k its about 18 f degrees

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Monday, January 2nd, 2012 AT 5:50 PM
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I have the same car and when I first got mine about 4 months ago I had this same problem.. In my car the map sensor was bad but I replaced it and haven't had a problem out of that area since hope it helps

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Monday, January 2nd, 2012 AT 10:50 PM
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Thats pretty close to what it should be have you checked your map sensor?Can you get a hold of a scan tool that can read live data?SO we can see whats going on when its cold starting?

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 AT 7:03 PM

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