Starts but shuts off quickly

Tiny
BKM97423
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  • 1992 ACURA VIGOR
  • 2.5L
  • 5 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 178,800 MILES
I was told by owner it runs but has a short or something that is draining the battery. I bought new battery and started car and it runs great. I drove it about 1 block and put in reverse to turn around and it quits running. I continued trying to start the car and it turned over just fine but then I would hear a click and in one turn the key off and continue trying to start. No luck so I parked the car and next day The car starter right up and I drove it 1 block and parked it where I bought it. This time it didn't dive I backed it into his parking space and turned it off then I tempted to start it again with no luck it turned over just fine the - lights came on brightly but just know start. I left for approximately one hour came back to the car and it started right up I pulled the negative cable on the battery and confirmed the alternator is not my problem. The car stayed running for about 15 or 20 minutes and didn't shut odd. I put the car in drive and any immediately shut off. Tried starting again with no luck. Someone told me that I could possibly be something to do with a built-in security system and to find out how to either turn it off or reset it with some kind of code with turning the key on and off etc. Is there a diagnostic tool that I can use to tell me what's is wrong or do you have any suggestions or advice for me? I just bought the car into an excellent condition I'm the fourth owner now and I have all of the paperwork from the lady that I bought it from with all of the work that's been done to it and not any parts that she has bought for the car. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 AT 2:13 AM

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Tiny
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Good morning,

First, never,ever pull off a battery cable while the engine is running. It tests nothing. The alternator needs battery voltage to work. You need a voltmeter to test the voltage at the battery when it run to see if the alternator is working.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-alternator

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-dead-overnight

As far as shutting off, if it was security, it would start for 2 seconds and shut off and the key symbol would be lit on the dash indicating a security failure.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-reset-a-security-system

You can get a code reader at a parts store that will read the codes but codes do not tell you what is wrong, it just tells you the system that has a fault. Diagnostics and repair need to be done from that point.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/checking-a-service-engine-soon-or-check-engine-light-on-or-flashing

I would check the fuel pressure to be sure you have sufficient fuel to the injectors.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator

Roy
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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 AT 4:28 AM

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