1996 Pontiac Grand Am Turns over, starts briefly then dies

Tiny
LUCILOU1
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  • 1996 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130,000 MILES
Bought a 96 Pontiac grand am from my son, he just had the motor rebuilt 8,000 miles ago & has had loads of problems before and after particularly with the coil pack & plugs burning out. Two months ago all the warning lights came on, one or two at a time, checked everything, fine. Makes bell dinging sound while driving & clicking noise like blinkers from the left area of control panel occasiionally. Figured faulty wire in instument cluster. Month ago, start but wouldn't run, pulled fuse from anti-theft, run fine. 4 days ago, same thing, sat overnight would not stay running. Have replace the fuel filter, oil pressure relay, MAP sensor, cam. Sensor, fuel pump, ECM unit and MAF sensor, check catalitic conv. Have fire and will run when spraying starter fluid in it, so my husband insists the coil pack and plugs are fine. Also tried the 10 minute trick, leaving key on 10m then off 5sec. Before starting. Almost broke and really need to get it fixed. Thanks for any help.
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Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 AT 6:30 AM

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Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/car_repair_video/test_fuel_injection_pressure.htm
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Propper key relearn steps...GM PASS LOCK RELEARN- Ignition to "run" position, try to start and let key return to "run" position
Approx ten minutes security light will go off
Turn key "off" and wait 5 seconds
Repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 relearns.
Turn key off, then start it
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Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 AT 7:24 AM
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Reply to PM: If he can't use the computer. Better keep an eye on him. The fuel pressur reg would be bad if when you unplug the vac hose, there's gas in it, or you followed or video and the pressure drops! I would suspect the pump before the regulator.
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Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 AT 10:02 AM
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Reply to PM: Tell me what's missing,
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
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http://www.2carpros.com/car_repair_video/test_engine_ignition_system.htm
and this one!
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Monday, May 5th, 2008 AT 2:33 AM

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