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2004 Chevy Monte Carlo: It starts, but stalls out

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I have a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo. It starts, but stalls out. This problem just came out of no where. Initially I thought maybe it was bad gasoline, maybe some water in the gas. After the car sits for a 30 minutes or so, it will start right up and stay running for 5-10 minutes, then it stalls out again. I'm working with a very limited budget, so I'd like to find the problem and try and fix it myself. Or if I can't fix it, I'd at least like to know what's causing the problem so I can tell a mechanic.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  ironmike replied 7 years ago.

does it run bad before stalling and how does it start up after sitting?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

After it has been sitting it starts normal and runs fine for about 5-10 minutes, then it starts sputtering and eventually stalls.

Expert:  ironmike replied 7 years ago.

There is a bulletin for a new design upper intake manifold. The old plastic one had the egr passage next to a coolant chamber. It would get too hot and melt and coolant would get sucked into the passeges for air/fuel delivery. This could cause the engine to hydro lock if bad enough. Check your coolant level. Other than knowing the intake has been replaced the only way to know for sure this is not the issue you would have to remove the intake. You may also have a catalytic converter clogging, if you pull the front 02 sensors and it doesn't stall you found the problem. This would be covered under the federal emissions warranty 8/80. This is a known issue also. Lets start here.

good luck

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
so you don't think this is a clogged fuel filter, clogged fuel injectors, or bad gas issue
Expert:  ironmike replied 7 years ago.

It is possible,I should have said check that first. I have seen much more clogged cats. Intakes more on the older models.

You can verify that buy checking fuel pressure(53-39 psi key on engine off). If you have not changed the fuel filter its a good place to start.