1988 Chevy Beretta car will crank over but not start

Tiny
L.JASKI
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  • 1988 CHEVROLET BERETTA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 186,000 MILES
Car all of a sudden died on me while driving. No check engine light, nothing. Killed battery while trying to tow it and disconnected battery before scanning trouble codes. Is there any way to run a scan to see what problem might be?Or any way to reset computer to give out codes on what problem might be?I am a single mother of a 1yr. Old and can not afford to take it to a shop. This is my way to work and to my daughters every day surrival. Please help us!
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Thursday, August 7th, 2008 AT 7:29 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi:
The computer should still have stored the code regardless if the battery was dead. Have it scanned and let me know what code they got. I'll try my best to get you up and running.

JOE
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 AT 7:52 AM
Tiny
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Ok it really dont sound like its racing at all. But I would like to find out were exactly were that sensor is so I could unplug it so I can test that out. No I havent checked for errors because I dont have a dianostic thing. I cant afford one. And for me taking one to a place to do it for free I cant drive the car or have the car towed there.
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Saturday, November 1st, 2008 AT 4:43 PM
Tiny
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Hi Again:

The VSS is located on the top right of the transaxle.

I have access to an online manual, but I can't copy and paste from it. Therefore, I have no picture to send you.

I hope this helps.

Joe
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Saturday, November 1st, 2008 AT 6:34 PM
Tiny
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You can read the codes without one of those things that you connect to it. You have to take a paper clip and put one end in the A and the other in the b, if its like mine it will be the top two all the way to the right. I have always used this method and found it to be very accurate. Once you put in the clip turn the key just till it unlocks, don't start it, you should hear your fan kick on and the check engine light should start blinking, one blink, then two faster blinks, it will repeat this 3 times, that means your car is in computer mode, and after the 3 twelves, it will start blinking the codes of the parts that are defective, once that is done it will go back to the 3 twelves, letting you know it is finished reading the codes. Take out the clip before you start it again. I believe that if you disconnect the battery cable it will clear the computer, so after repairs you will want to do this. Hope this helps, I am a single mom too.
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Saturday, November 8th, 2008 AT 4:23 PM

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