Stalling

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DANIELSARNIK
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  • 1992 CHEVROLET CORSICA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 126,000 MILES
My 1992 Corsica is in good shape except for a couple of issues. One I know what is wrong and I can fix it no problem. But there is another issue and I have no clue what is wrong with it; hence me asking you. So my car is stalling out when I idle after it has been driving for awhile. It will start fine, run fine then as soon as I have to stop, and I try to accelerate again it will stall. Also sometimes while im in the process of stopping it will shudder, not gently either, pretty violently. Ive tried a new air filter and new fuel filter, but no dice. Next im going to try fuel injector cleaner and see if that works, but I just thought id ask and see if you had any other advice.
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Thursday, November 5th, 2009 AT 1:16 PM

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BIGJIM79
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It is the overdrive solenoid in the trasmission. It is going bad and can cause you to wreck. Yo temporarily fix this is a little trick that will work for a little bit but you will lose overdrive. There is a square plug on the side of the trans facing the front of the car. Unplug this and tie up. It will solve your stalling problem for now.
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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 AT 12:44 AM
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MGV49
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Change the MAP sensor and any tubing if it is remotely mounted - worked for me after replacing other sensors and not fixing the problem.
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 8:29 AM
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KEN
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Great addition to this thread! Please feel free to help out whenever you are on the site :)

Cheers, Ken
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:49 AM
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CHYANNE SHERIFF
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  • 1992 CHEVROLET CORSICA
  • 3.1L
  • V6
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 255,000 MILES
Car tries to shut off when coming to a stop.
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:49 AM (Merged)
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HMAC300
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Try cleaning throttle plate on both sides and IAC hole with choke cleaner. they get gummy and will cause this. if it continues check fuel pressure with a gauge auto parts rent it. See link.
https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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JTHAMBRIGHT
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  • 1992 CHEVROLET CORSICA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 110,000 MILES
Hello,

I bought this car 6 months ago. It started dying after running for 5 minutes a month after I bought it. This occurs when it is idling or driving.

It will start fine in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time, but dies after it warms up. If I sit and wait (10-15 minutes) it will start again, but it will die again some period down the road. It seems to be getting worse. Earlier in the summer it would die and I would start it and it would run for a long period afterwards, but now in the winter it dies and takes much more time to restart.

When it dies it acts as if it has run out of gas. Sputters a few times and then dies. I added a fuel additive to remove moisture from the lines, I tried fule injector cleaner to see if that would fix it. I removed the fuel filter, but it appears to be pretty new. I am now down to a few possibilities, but wanted to get the advice of an expert: Fuel pressure regulator or fuel pump.

I live in Belgium and this is a European Spec Corsica. I want to do the work myself to avoid paying Euro prices for labor. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Jerry
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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MERLIN2021
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Start with the basics, and work your way up, Last tune up was? Wires plugs ALL filters? If all that is ok, check for a stuck EGR, then test fuel pump pressure, If it won't restart, determine what's missing, the engine needs three things to run, Spark at all plugs, gas to all cylinders, and compression in all cylinders, tho an engine may run lacking one in one cylinder, it won't run very well!
http://www.2carpros.com/car_repair_video/test_fuel_injection_pressure.htm
Go here and checkout our video.
http://www.2carpros.com/car_repair_video/test_engine_ignition_system.htm
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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NHODGES
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  • 1992 CHEVROLET CORSICA
  • 53,000 MILES
I have a 1992 Chevrolet Corsica with 53,000 miles. When I drive for an hour or more the engine tends to stop when I put on the brake. Any idea what this is?
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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RASMATAZ
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Do you have a check engine light and when was last major tune-up?

Clean the idle air control valve, EGR valve and test the TPS and MAP sensors-to include a fuel pressure test-
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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AARONMCD
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  • 1992 CHEVROLET CORSICA
  • 185,000 MILES
3.1L motor
Automatic transmission

Was driving alright, except when shifted into a gear from park, the engine would slow down a bit.
Power steering pump failed (giant fluid leak, covered half the engine), so I replace the pump and used electric part degreaser to clean the alternator. The drive belt was also replaced.

Now, when started, some times it will just stall after starting. Ususally the 3rd or 4th start attempt it will start (but bogs for a second). It does this in park and neutral. After starting and not stalling, it drives fine. Alternator and battery both check out fine. I would assume I loosed a wire or something during the pump replacement, but only the alternator wires and ignition wires run over by it.
The person who actually drives it said last night while driving it all the dash light came on and the headlights flickered. Also, she said it stalled when put into drive after idiling alright.
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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MHPAUTOS
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Re check that all the electrical terminals for alt ignition and battery are clean and tight, you may have got oil onto the alternator brushes and this is causing a low charge state, get the alt output voltage checked under load, that is with blower on high, wipers on and hi beam on, and re check all ignition wire p[lugs for moisture, start here.
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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AARONMCD
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Battery was fully charged, car runs without battery
I throughly degreased the alternator with a crc cleaner
Even if it were the alternator, wouldn't it run off of the battery for a while?
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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KHLOW2008
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You should not run the engine with battery disconnected, even for a short period of time. If the alternator is faulty and overcharges, you would have a currenty spike which would fry the PCM (engine computer).

If the battery was disconnected, the PCM would need to relearn and if the throttle body is dirty, extremely low idling is expected. I would suggest cleaning the throttle body if the iding is erratic.

You might not have a complete failuere of the alternator and as mhpautos mentioned, the carbon brushes could be contaminated causing intermittent charging fault. It would take some tinme to run down the battery.
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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AARONMCD
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I'll clean the throttle body (and MAF while the air intake is off). I have the proper cleaners.

Regarding the alternator, what test do you want me to do? And how? I have access to a multimeter.

The engine idles "alright" in park, but worse in drive.

Thanks for the help guys
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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KHLOW2008
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Start engine and check the voltage between the battery posts. It hould be 13.5 to 14.5 volts.
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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BALAKRISHKRISHNA
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  • 1992 CHEVROLET CORSICA
  • 78,000 MILES
My car is not shutting down immediately after I turn off the engine. It is taking around 10 to 50 seconds to tun off after I turn off and remove the key.

Mobile mechanic came to fix over heating of the engine and he directly supplied the power to engine/radiotor fan by passing the sensor to run the fan. As a result fan will turn on once I start the car irrespective of engine heat. The above mentioned problem is coming after mechanic change the fan fuctionality
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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CARADIODOC
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The radiator fan is the problem. When you turn the ignition switch off the fan is still spinning. A spinning motor IS a generator and it is what is supplying the current that keeps the engine running until it slows down. You can prove that to yourself by unplugging the fan right after you turn off the ignition switch or by throwing a rag into it to stop it. The engine will stop running the instant the fan motor stops spinning.
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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BALAKRISHKRISHNA
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Hi

Thanks for quick response, the problem is occurring only 50% to 60% of the times when I go for drive. (It is not occurring every time). So what will be solution? Do you want me to reset the power supply to fan back to original settingd as it is earlier before Autozone referred mechanic fix?
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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CARADIODOC
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Yup. The fan can not be wired to run directly whenever the ignition switch is on because once you turn the ignition switch off, the fan is still spinning and it acts like a generator. That is where the power is coming from that keeps the engine's ignition system and fuel pump powered up.

The original fan circuit is not that complicated and should be easy to fix properly if there is something wrong with it. If the fix is expensive and you still want the fan to run whenever the ignition switch is on you would have to do that through a relay. That relay would turn off and that would prevent the fan motor from acting like a generator. Your car should have a fan relay already. What some people do is run the relay's ground wire to a switch inside the car so they can turn it on only when the fan is needed.
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Friday, August 10th, 2018 AT 11:50 AM (Merged)
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SLAR69
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1992 Corsica 126000 miles, of my daughters stalls and wont start. Replaced plug wires two weeks ago because #3 was not firing and it fix it. She filled with gas nite before last and next morning would not start. Nesxt day it started but there is no spark going to #3 cylinder. After is sits all nite it will start but die when up to operating temp and won't start again. IS it possible that with #3 not firing the oxygen senser would prevent it from started because of gas vapor building up in exhaust manifold?
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