1993 Chevy Lumina Stalling

Tiny
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  • 1993 CHEVROLET LUMINA
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 120,000 MILES
My son's car will run fine for1 to 2 weeks but then -- out of the clear blue -- he will be driving along and it will stall. The car will need to set approximately 30 minutes before it will start again. We take the car to the shop-- they can find nothing wrong -- and we start the whole process over again.

Help -- we are getting very frustrated!
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Friday, February 12th, 2010 AT 3:28 PM

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Tiny
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Welcome to the forum. You need to test when the problem occurs. When it stalls, have helper crank it, while somebody checks for spark at the plugs. If you have spark everywhere, use a gage and check fuel pressure. Intermittent issues can be hard to track. As an example, an intermittent rpm signal. It will kill the vehicle and can keep if from restarting. You need to do some testing when it happens.

To test for spark at the plugs, you can pull plug boot, stick known good plug or spark tester in the boot, ground metal part of plug to metal part of engine, cranking, watch for spark.
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Friday, February 12th, 2010 AT 3:51 PM
Tiny
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I have had several early 90's Luminas (GM W body vehicles) with the same symtom in my shop. When the vehicle stalls how long does it take to happen, from the time he starts the engine to the time it stalls? Is the engine completely warmed up to operating temp?

The usual culprit is the ignition module. What happens is the circuit board in the module gets a hair line crack over time. As the engine warms up the circuit board warms up, it expands the crack, causes a short, and shuts down the engine. After the engine (and module) cools, which takes about a half hour, the engine starts right up without a problem. Since the onboard computer is OBD1, it does not store codes and therefore there is no evidence of what caused the fault.

I, of course, can not say for sure that this is your vehicles problem. This is just an idea, a problem that I have encountered many times on the same model of vehicle. Hope this helps you, let me know.

Thank you,

Dan
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Friday, February 12th, 2010 AT 4:04 PM

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