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1992 Olds 88: from her grandmother with very low mileage

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Our daughter got a 1992 Olds 88 from her grandmother with very low mileage. We drove it from VA to NM with no problems. She drove it here in NM for 2 years with no problems. She drove it from NM to OR this past fall with no problems. NOW, she will drive it a short distance to the store, and when she returns sometimes it does not start. Usually she waits 10-15 minutes and then it starts. However, sometimes when it does start and she tries to drive home, it will "die" and she has had to ahve it towed two times. Do you think this is an electrical problem? alternator? or other? Thanks. XXXXX
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Jim replied 5 years ago.

Jim :

Do not think it is the alternator, it could be several different things, the most common problem we have seen is the crank shaft position sensors failing. It could also be a ignition module or computer itself.


Are the things you mentioned very expensive to repair? Thanks.

Jim :

crank sensor 1.3 hours labor part 70.00 ignition control module 213.00 parts 1.3 hours labor computer 170.00 parts .8 labor.

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