1997 Pontiac Grand Am shutting down

Tiny
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  • 1997 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 124,000 MILES
My daughter states the car dies after at random, sometimes after 10 or 15 miles when it's hot. She says the car will start right back up go a little ways and do it again. Whenever I drive it I cannot reproduce the problem. There are no codes. Recently replaced the cooling fan relay & temp sensor due to codes (P0118 & P0480). Suggestions where to start?
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Monday, July 26th, 2010 AT 6:58 PM

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Tiny
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Does it happen when she is driving or stopped?
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Thursday, July 29th, 2010 AT 12:58 AM
Tiny
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Only when she's driving.
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Saturday, July 31st, 2010 AT 12:08 AM
Tiny
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Please understand that without a check engine light, this becomes a guessing game. What I would recommend is to start with checking fuel pressure. If it drops, it won't set the light. Here is a how to for checking. Let me know what you find.

http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/how_to_check_fuel_pressure.htm
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Saturday, July 31st, 2010 AT 12:28 AM
Tiny
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*I appreciate the quick reply. This may take a few days to check. There is no port to hook up a guage on the fuel rail for this model, so I'll have to tap in somewhere else. It also bothers me it hasn't stalled for 2 weeks now, but I know it will sooner or later. I'll get back with you on this. Thank you.
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Sunday, August 1st, 2010 AT 7:50 PM
Tiny
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Are you sure there is no schrader valve on the fuel rail? In 97, I thought they had one.

Regardless, let me know.

Joe
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Monday, August 2nd, 2010 AT 12:01 AM
Tiny
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Joe, I just checked again. The fuel line comes in on the drivers side through the fuel rail to the regulator on passenger side. Out the bottom of the regulator back to the tank. No valve, stem or port anywhere.

Butch
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Monday, August 2nd, 2010 AT 7:14 PM
Tiny
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Interesting. The only thing you can do is ask for an adapter to place in the fuel line itself.
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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 AT 1:07 AM
Tiny
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Well, don't have to worry about it now. Front tire blew out at 45mph hit a 10" curb, took out a speed limit sign. Front end damage, 3 tires shot, hood, front fender, front cover and suspension damage. Thanks for the input anyway.
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Sunday, August 8th, 2010 AT 1:57 PM
Tiny
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I'm really sorry to hear that. I hope no one was hurt. Take care of yourself and let us know if you have questions in the future.

Joe
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Monday, August 9th, 2010 AT 12:04 AM

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