1998 Saturn SL2 shuts off

Tiny
LICEAGARAMON
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  • 1998 SATURN SL2
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 140,000 MILES
My car starts at times and other times it does not than when you get it started it shuts off while driving. We changd the fuel pump but the same thing is happening
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 AT 12:36 PM

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Tiny
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Heres what I need u to do when it doesnt start take off two spark plug wires off the coil that are right next to each other and have someone crank it while u watch for spark jumping from post to post. Let me know what u find. Also do u have a multimeter?
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 AT 12:41 PM
Tiny
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No spark I did what you told me and there is no spark
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 AT 1:16 PM
Tiny
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I doubt its the computer they have a very low failure rate on those.I suspect the crankshaft postion sensor. Thats why I asked u to check the spark for me when it doesnt start there like under 20 but we have a few more steps before we get there. From 1998-2002 its a common problem with them going bad and causing whats happening with ur car. So check ur spark when it doesnt start like I said. Also do u have a multimeter?
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 AT 1:40 PM
Tiny
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No spark and I dont havea multimeter
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 AT 2:13 PM
Tiny
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Ok sounds like a bad crankshaft sensor but we need to test it to see if its bad. Do u have a jack and jack stands. They rent multimeters at autozone for free u just pay a deposite of the price of the meter and get the money back when u return it. They might even test the sensor for u its just a simple ohms check u just have a value of 800-1200 ohms between the two terminals on the sensor if its within value then its good. They usually read open no ohms value when they test bad. But u need a jack and jack stands to raise the front of the car because the sensor is under the starter which is under the intake manifold. It has a purple wire and a yellow wire going to it and the the connector going to it faces striaght up. Let me know.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 AT 4:25 PM

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