1992 Cadillac El Dorado stalls and now wont start

  • V8
  • FWD
  • 100,000 MILES
I have a 92 cadillac
well it was putting at first but drove good.
only putted when I had to go from a stop.

3 months latter.
mothers days it stalled in the middle of driving it.
i let it sit for 20 mins and it started like nothing was wrong.
it went a qurter mile down the road and died again.
this time it took 30-45 mins befor it started.
it only went 5 mins down then road and again it stalled.
thats when I was done and called towe truck.
took it to my mothers house left it there for two days.
came back and tryed to start it.
it started and I drove back home.
"is about 12 miles or more".

left it at home for a day or two drove it to store and alomost made it back.
this time it took like 4-5 hrs to start
got it back home and has not started since

i check the relay "its not it"
i can hear the fule pump run
i get pressure "i checked it when it was running"
i replaced the control modual. Not it either

it has new pluggs and wires.
i want to say its come with the distributer cap? Idk
please. Some one help
i have money but not like that to go get it fix
in a shop I really need to get it fix.
my gurl friend and I just had a new born little gurl.
and this is ower only way around.
Do you
have the same problem?
Thursday, June 18th, 2009 AT 8:18 AM

4 Replies

Thanks for all the info. Helping you find a fix is going to rely on determining what you do not have. You say you had pressure when it was running, it needs to be checked again now that it is not starting. Just because you can hear the pump, does not necessarily mean it is producing adequate pressure. One way to determine if it is fuel aside from a pressure check, is to try some starter fluid(or carb cleaner) down the barrels. If it starts(tries), you still have a couple possibilities, one could be fuel pressure, the other could be injector pulse, check pressure first. If it don't try, you need to now check spark at one or more plugs. Did you put an engine control module, or ignition control module in? Was it in the distributor? It could be the cap/rotor, you will know after removal, if it is burned through at the coil contact. You can check the coil with an ohmeter, it should have relatively low resistance at the two wires with the metal tabs(say 1500 or so), much higher when measured from one tab(or the other) to the center contact. Try these tests and post your results. If it has no spark, and you don't get any obvious signs of cap/rotor, it is most likely the coil or ignition control module, with the module being most probable.
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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 AT 10:59 PM
Ok I kinda get what your saying.
Today I was messing around with it.
And its has poor presher. I took a screw driver and poked it.
It was like taking a pen to a water bottle. It just flowed out. Did not sprey like it should.
The control modual I put in was under neath the distributer cap.
And I also tryed to get a spark
i really didnt see any thing.

I got a?
If theres no presher with the gass lines. It wont turn over at all.
I mean it flows out, but dont sprey.

I just changed the gass filter thinking it might have been clogged but no go lol

idk thats all I can think of right now

um I have not tryed the
starting fluid yet
only because I realy dont know where to put it
i mean I know it goes in the carb
but theres two of them
and when I look down in the carb
theres like metal tubes in that.
Do I sprey in that metal tube?
Does it matter what hole?

Ok so I sprey the carb. And if it starts. Its either pump
or injectors?

And if it dont start.
Its some thing with the distributer cap/coil?

Does that sound right?
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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 AT 11:37 PM
There is no standard for the way it should come out of the test port when pressed with a screwdriver. It really needs a pressure gauge attached, your looking for approx 40 psi. How did you check spark, place a screwdriver in the plug end and hold it close to a ground(exhaust manifold, master cylinder, engine block, something metal). When you open the throttle, and the two plates open, spray it like your cleaning it. You will get enough in there to know if fuel is your problem.
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Saturday, June 20th, 2009 AT 1:45 AM
Ok so I took your advice and got the starting fluid
at BIG LOTS for a buck
and I sprayed in the carb or what ever that thing is called.
And tryed to turn it over
i got nothing!
I did it two more times and quit.
Then I called auto zone and asked them what else
would it be that would stop it from not starting
the coil.14.95 for it and the dam car started right up like nothing was wrong with it.

Omg I yell so loud im so happy
ive been driving all day

its weird now that I think about it.

Breaks down mothers day!

Fixed it and drove it on fathers day! Lol

thank you so much
Doug Frederick
sandusky, ohio
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Sunday, June 21st, 2009 AT 7:58 PM

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