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roybelding, ASE Certified Technician
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Experience:  35 years of retail operations on all vehicles
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It starts and runs for about a minute and then dies out and

Customer Question

It starts and runs for about a minute and then dies out and won't restart easily. Fuel pressure is ~40lbs, it has spark, and runs smooth for the minute before it dies out.
JA: How many miles are on the vehicle? And when was it last serviced?
Customer: Hasn't been serviced in a long time. It was given to my grandpa for free a few months ago. ~97,000 miles.
JA: What is the model of your '97 Oldsmobile?
Customer: Cutlass cierra.
JA: Are you fixing your Cutlass yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: My grandpa is working on it. He's replaced fuel pump, checked compression and fuel pressure, and at one point disconnected the exhaust system to see if it ran without the catalytic converter. No luck.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Spraying starter fluid into the air intake will allow the vehicle to start and it will keep running so long as you're spraying. It doesn't help to depress the gas pedal when starting but it will run for a little bit longer than a minute if the pedal is held down once it starts.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Oldsmobile
Expert:  roybelding replied 9 months ago.

good morning my name is ***** ***** I will assist

can you verify the year??? cierra was from the 80 s

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
1987 cutlass cierra
Expert:  roybelding replied 9 months ago.

ok, attached is the chart for fuel pressures depending on the motor

do you have a noid light to verify the ecm is commanding injectors on???


Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Surprisingly, that is one tool that he doesn't have. Fuel pressure does fall within the values listed for a 2.8L.
Expert:  roybelding replied 9 months ago.

ecm was a very common failure for this back in the day. make sure there is power to the injectors.


Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Will check with him and get back to you.
Expert:  roybelding replied 9 months ago.

please dont forget to rate me as it is the only way I get paid for my efforts