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i have a 2002 chev...
i have a 2002 chev tracker. it runs fine for a while then when you slow for a red light or idle for a few minutes, it shuts off and will not start for about 15-30 minutes. i have changed the fuel filter and gas cap.

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i have a 2002 chev tracker. it runs fine for a while then when you slow for a red light or idle for a few minutes, it shuts off and will not start for about 15-30 minutes. i have changed the fuel filter and gas cap.

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Auto Mechanic: GearHead1, Auto Mechanic replied 13 years ago
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You may have just a bad connection at a critical engine sensor or a sensor that is just failing intermittently. You could purchase a cheap code puller for under 50 bucks and try to read it when it faults. Does the fault happen frequently or just rarely? Is the problem heat related? does it only happen when the engine is at full warm up temperature or does it happen when cold also? The only other thing I could suggest is checking some electrical connections low voltage to the ecu will cause intermittent erratic faults. Did the service shops retrieve any info from your ecu that might help us determine your problem? inspect your wiring for damaged, loose, corroded, or burnt connections at the battery, starter and engine harness connections. Fusible links can cause problems like this because the often do not completely sever an electrical connection until they have drawn enough amperage to melt the fusible link completely.

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Customer reply replied 13 years ago
it happens when the car is fully warm. an example is on the last on trip, when we stopped for gas and stopped at a red light, is when it happened. or when we went the the drive thru at wendys ect. it just shuts off and after a few minutes when it starts it runs very ruff and then starts to do ok again. it is almost like it is vapor locking, the last check we had did not show anything. we did have problems with the catt. converter, but chevy changed that.
Auto Mechanic: GearHead1, Auto Mechanic replied 13 years ago
my first suspect would be an o2 sensor then. But you may very well have other problems that will be difficult or costly to correct or diagnose unless you can capture the fault on the ECU.
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