1997 Pontiac Firebird Engine quits while driving

Tiny
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  • 1997 PONTIAC FIREBIRD
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 53,000 MILES
Bought a 97 trans am in december. The guy that owned it before me put headers on it, and hi temp wires without heat shields, so it melted a few sets of the ignition wires. Spent 670 dollars replacing all the wires and putting heat shields in it, and the check engine light had been on since I got it so they cleared all the codes and told me I needed to drive it for a while to get them to reset. By the way I know nothing about cars. I drove it for about a hundred miles and it ran great. Brought it back to the shop, they tested everything again, everything worked, and they put an inspection sticker on it. It had recently had a problem where i'd be driving it, and out of nowhere it would bog down and shut off while I was driving it. However, if I just waited five minutes it usually started right back up, but sometimes it wouldn't start at all. After driving it for those hundred miles, it hadn't done it once, the mechanic couldn't find anything wrong with it, no codes were coming up, so he said it was fine. That day I started my 760 mile trip from massachusetts to camp lejeune, north carolina, and 75 miles into the trip, after the car had been running perfect the whole time, plus the hundred miles I drove that day before the trip began, I was going about 80 on the highway, not beating on it or anything, in 6th gear at about only 1800 RPMs, and it just quit on me again. Started it up five minutes later and decided to head home and just fly in the morning, and ten to fifteen minutes later it did it again. Restarted it and it died again before I could get into second. Ten minutes later it started and I babied it about a half a mile to a commuter lot just off the next exit. I had my dad pick me up with his flat bed trailer and bring it back home but I still don't know what's wrong with it. Not to mention that the day before this we put a bottle of dry gas in the tank and changed the fuel filter because we originally thought it was just water or crap in the gas. If anyone has ever had or heard of a similar problem any advice or suggestions would be immense.
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 AT 6:35 AM

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Tiny
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To start. Try cleaning the EGR. Its been a know cause of what your describing. You also should check the fuel pressure. Is the car idling normal? The temp runnig normal? Start there and let me know what happens. Good Luck.
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Monday, February 23rd, 2009 AT 8:41 PM
Tiny
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Temp is running normal and it idles fine, except for sometimes right after it has its issue where it shuts off, when I turn it back on it will idle for a few seconds then just die again. I'll call someone back home and have them check the fuel pressure and clean the EGR. Not sure what that is, like I said, I don't know anything about cars. The car is in Massachusetts and i'm stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, so it's going to be a bit of a pain to describe exactly what's going on with it when any updates I get will probably be through text messages, but thank you very much for your input
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Monday, February 23rd, 2009 AT 8:46 PM
Tiny
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Ok. Let me know when they get it checked. We'll go from there and get this problem fixed for ya. How do ya like Camp Lejeune? I was there with my husband for a few weeks while he instructed a class for something.
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 AT 12:48 AM
Tiny
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A lot better than any of the basic training, it still sucks though as a PFC lol. Mechanics checked the code that was setting off the check engine light and said I need a new electronic distributor. My dad has used this guy for a while and says he's an honest guy and the mechanic claims that that's the reason it's been dying. Does that sound like something that would cause it to do what I explained above? Again i'm auto-retarded. Well, not retarded, just never learned lol
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 AT 11:10 AM
Tiny
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Yeah, I suppose that could do it. If your getting a check engine light and thats what the code revealed. Its a good place to start. Im still curious as to what the fuel pressure is. Keep me posted as to what happens with it and hang in there. Youll be an E-5 before ya know it! Lol Good luck :)
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Thursday, February 26th, 2009 AT 4:01 AM

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