CAR DIED AND WON'T RESTART

1995 Oldsmobile 98

Tiny

Adayasmama

August, 19, 2010 AT 9:06 PM

Believe it or not, the tow truck came to pick up the car today to take it in and have all the connections double checked, wires and grounds. Etc. And the car started and the windows rolled up. But when I went to put it in drive, it died again. Luckily I rolled up the windows. After a once over at the shop, it was given a good bill of health with a recomendation to replace vacuum hoses and a canister? I guess it sits behind the engine. They couldn't find anything else wrong with it. I drove it home today. I never replaced the ECU.

Is it possible that I had a loose sensor and by them checking it, they fixed it?

Can I trust that this won't happen again in a day or two? It seems to me, after reading other posts on this site, that these cars are notorious for acting up like this.

All your info so far has been awesome and extremely helpful. Thanks for your patience and your time.

Tiny

bluelightnin6

August, 20, 2010 AT 2:00 AM

A loose sensor wouldn't cause all these issues so i'm not sure if it's alright to drive or not without risk of it happening again. Computer really seems to be the culprit here but drive it around some and if it doesn't happen anymore than maybe it was just a fluke in some wiring or something.

Tiny

Adayasmama

August, 20, 2010 AT 4:50 PM

Ok I will keep all that in mind. After all I still have the ECU. I will keep you posted. Thanks for all your hep and advice.

Tiny

Adayasmama

August, 24, 2010 AT 9:06 PM

Ok. Check this out. I drove the car one day, the thing died and I had to have it towed home. So today I went out and swaped out the ECU. The car started, ran for about 5 min, then died. But here's the weird part. When the car is running and you attempt to roll the window down or push the locks. It dies. I KNOW THIS IN NOT A CONICIDENCE. I waited a bit and tried starting it again and it did. I was able to drive it up the alley and back and let it idle for another 5-10 min, using the windows and locks the whole time. Then, it happened again. While the car was running I pushed the window and the car sputtered, then it quit. THIS IS MAKING NO SENCE TO ME, PLEASE GIVE ME SOME MORE DIRECTION ON THIS. THANKS

Tiny

John Crider

September, 24, 2012 AT 2:22 AM

On Thse models of GM cars with a 3200 series 2 Motors and the fuel pump dies when You opperate a power window or seat the problem is the ground block in the main harness under the carpet about 10 inches behind th kick panel. It gets moisture under there and the plug in and the spades that the BLACK wires connect to get corroded. I have made this fix many times. Hope this helps.

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